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There is hope...

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There is hope...

My name is John; I am 35 years old and have clean/sober since 2000. ?That is twelve years (if you are counting) and twelve years longer than I thought I would be clean/sober, as I had no intention on taking and/or much less following the course of recovery.

Drug and alcohol were my life. ?Not just the substances but the lifestyle. ?Everyone I associated with were drug users/abusers and it became the only normal way of life for me; I could not imagine life without it. ?I had seen "the other side of midnight", too many times. ?It would be impossible to live clean/sober the rest of my life, or so I thought (the battle isn't yet over but it's much easier than early on). Period.

I won't go into a long story here, however, if you find yourself hopeless and desperate enough, take that first step. ?Make a commitment to yourself. ?There is hope. ?I changed not because "I saw the Light" but because "I felt the heat." ?Sobriety and life (in general) has not been a piece of cake but it beats the old way, more times than not. ?It matters not how how much "time" you have (be it 24 hours, 24 days, 24 months, 24 years, etc. clean/sober) but your commitment to maintaining that lifestyle.

Best wishes and thanks for the opportunity to share...

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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