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One Family's Journey of Hope

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One Family's Journey of Hope

I'll never forget the day in 2007 when I got the call from my son to tell me he had run out of gas and didn't know where he was. It was pouring rain and he was suppose to meet me for lunch on the first day of Christmas break of his freshman year at college. He had been avoiding coming home and we assumed it was so he could concentrate on school and enjoy the college life. When I finally found him he was agitated, full of anxiety and extremely thin. While we were driving along he started to say "mom, I need to talk about something". That started the initial steps of unravelling his story of drug use that had started in high school - that we were unaware of although the signs were all there. It also started his journey into recovery.

His journey to sobriety was long and difficult but I am grateful to say that he has turned his life around and has been sober for almost 4 years. He keeps track of his sobriety on an App on his phone (see pic). He is actively involved in his sobriety that he sees as a lifelong commitment. I share this with you today because my son recently graduated from college with his 2 year degree. It was a huge accomplishment after several setbacks. With his confidence restored he chose to set the bar high to see if he could attend the school of his dreams to finish his degree. He applied to Columbia University and learned he was accepted yesterday!! He plans to study psychology with a desire to pursue a career in addiction counselling.

We thank God everyday for saving our son and restoring his life. What we went through as a family I would not want to go through again. However, the personal growth and deeper relationships we all experienced through the process I would not change. We share our story often with other families who are struggling with addiction. It is an epidemic and so many families suffer in silence. If we share our stories maybe we can share the burden of suffering and help to raise awareness of the disease of addiction.

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. Victoria
I am thankful for families who are willing to share their story. After losing one son and now almost another, I dont' think twice about putting myself out there and sharing our story. I live to share resources that will help other parents. This is a huge epidemic and rising every day. Our family has endured (and still is) the most horrific struggles, and I just keep telling my husband we need to protect our marriage and take care of ourselves during this process! We are not in the clear but I thank you for this message of hope. I will share this app with my son! thank you
2. Jane
wonderful success story! Thanks for sharing :)