My life was so simple and easy when I was youger.. We may not of had much but the family did stick together.. When I turned 13 I became rebellious against my father. I would ask if I could go hang out or stay the night over at a friend's house, Daddy would always tell me NO!!! So I began sneaking out of the house, our home was a? two story house my room was all?the way in the?basement, therefore,?I?never got caught.. A friend would come pick me up or we would meet in the woods and wait for a ride..We would smoke weed, snort pills and coke..?My 16th Birthday?(which was February 2003)?I tried to make things right in my life. Momma became sick in March?with stomach cancer,?6 months later she had passed away. Leaving behind?me, my brother who was 15, and my two sisters who were 12 & 11.. We all felt like we were just thrown?to our dad. We had to grow up fast. During December 2003 I met a man, I?thought he was my true love; my world! I had moved out when everyone was at school and while my?dad was?at work. I was 16?turning 17 when I moved in with "WC" 2 months later WC started beating me.. Black & blue's for no reason at all. I wasnt allowed to wear shorts, v-necks, tank tops, or even makeup.. I started smoking meth when WC wasnt around. It is true the first hit will suck you in.. I always left WC but he would beg me back. Me thinking he would change, I was WRONG!! I ended up 92lbs (average150lbs) and?in the hospital with 3 holes in my throat. I finally left WC in 2007.. But my addiction never stopped it got worse and way out of control.. I was homeless for about 4 yrs. Bouncing?from dope man to dope man..I stole my fathers vehicles and?stole over 3grand in checks from my father. I didn't care at all what was going to happen to me. My life was upside down. I ended up in jail for fraud, poss (mulitply times), warrants were out for me?for months at a time.. Just too much was going on. I started dating girls.. I never even thought in a million yrs that I would do that.. I was mixing drugs/ mixing pills and started shooting up. I would eat a number of bags at a time just to get?that high that I was no longer getting. Then oneday, one of the largest drugbusts happened..?Six of us went to jail. I didnt care where I went as long as I had a bed, a shower, and food. I was able to enter into a plea bargain (meaning that instead of prison?I was chosen to go to Drug Court) Today I can happily say I am going on 2 years sober/clean. I have god in my heart, soul and mind.. Never did I ever think life would ever turn out this way for me. I didnt think I deserved anymore chances in life. I have my family back in my life, I have trust from my family, I can pay my own bills. I am now?responsible, caring, hopeful, HONEST?and loving.. I now have my own family as well. My son is 8months old. My fiance was my highschool sweetheart. He is my world!! I wouldnt be here today if it wasnt for drug court.. They are as well my family too..
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