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Antoinette's Story

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Antoinette's Story

I grew up in Philadelphia with my my twin sister, nephews and mother. I was a shy child and kept to myself. To find comfort in?social scenes, I began using alcohol and drugs in my teenage years. I soon?realized that I was actually addicted to alcohol.

I entered recovery in my early 20s, but later relapsed after 24 years.?I gave into peer pressure. I admitted that it was easier to just have a drink around people. Because of my addiction, I lost my job and home. I moved in with my sister and nephews.

For a whole year, I did?nothing?but drink on the front porch. Eventually, my sister asked me to leave. I found myself unemployed, homeless, and without support.

Looking for a place to go, I read online about a shelter in Columbia, SC I?drove to SC and?slept in my car over night until the shelter opened in the morning. I was interviewed and told?I had to go to a detox at LRADAC. It was there that my recovery started.

My plans are to stay in Columbia. My relationship with family members in Philadelphia has healed, thanks to A.A. and the grace of God. My relationship with my sister now is awesome. I had gone back home to attend my oldest nephews'?wedding. It was good to visit with my family again.

I have been in recovery since Sept.?3, 2010. I have a?steady job, apartment and volunteer whenever I?am asked. I?go home once a year.

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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1. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story, Antoinette. Congrats on 5 years in recovery today!