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My name is Sky. I am now 22 years old, and am coming up on 7 months clean and sober. I started drinking when I was 14, and was steadily increasing as the years went on. When I turned 18 I went full throttle. I was drinking and smoking pot. By the age of 21 I lost everything, and was doing drugs I swore I'd never do. My husband and I separated, I lost three jobs one right after the other, dropped out of school (which I had been on the Dean's Honors list for having a 3.9 GPA) and then, I lost my son. I walked into the ER one night with 4 gallons of alcohol in my system, and was told that if I kept drinking, it would kill me. They told me that my kidneys were failing and I wouldn't live much longer if I couldn't stop. I decided enough was enough and I wanted to stop, so I called a treatment center. They told me I was alcoholic enough and just to go to an AA meeting. I did just that. I have been in AA for nearly 7 months now, and my life has turned around. I'm re-enrolled in school, looking for work, have a home, and I'm getting my son back.

Recovery is the way to go.
It didn't give me my life back, but it gave me a NEW and BETTER life.


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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