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There Is Light At The End Of The Dark Tunnel

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There Is Light At The End Of The Dark Tunnel

My story of addiction began when I was 12. I had just entered Middle School and became friends with the wrong crowd. I came from a single parent home and my mom didn't always make the best choices for my sister and I. With no one watching over me I started trying different types of drugs from weed to acid. Every once in a while I would take pills like T3's but nothing major. By 16 I was taking X and by 19 I was sniffing Heroin. I stopped the heroin cold turkey and went thru what I thought at the time, the worst time in my life. When I came off heroin I started using vicodin more and more. By 20 I had started dating a man who was taking Oxys for back pain. When his dr's was closed down he started buying the pills off the street. We were buying 300 vicoden every 2-3 days between the 2 of us.

I eventually talked him into rapid detox due to the type of meds he was taking and I checked myself into a rehab. I spent my Easter that year in the rehab. Although I didnt stay the whole time because I felt I had gained everything I needed and made it past the awful withdrawal, I was able to move past the addiction. It was a long road and very hard at times but there is an end. Take it one day at a time and know someone out there is feeling or has felt your pain.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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