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I struggled with a heroin addiction for close to a year. A person very close to me convinved me to try it, and then I got hooked. When I got into drugs, I realized how bad life can get. I was losing everything; my good friends, the closeness I had with my family, my prized possessions, and most importantly, the morals and values I was brought up with. I made the ultimate sacrifice for drugs, and I was miserable. Now, I have been free of this addiction since July of 2012. I can't express how grateful I am that I am where I am today. I still have a lot to make up for, but slowly but surely I'm getting it back together. I won't lie and say that it isn't a challenge, though, because it is. If I could give any advice, it would be to not start using at all. Don't listen to that friend that is pressuring you, because they are not real friends. Not even close. I know it sounds like something your mom or dad would say, but I learned the hard way that they were right.

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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