We Do Recover
First of all, we (addicts of the hopeless variety) can and do recover. We go on to live successful and productive lives. We can find relief from fears, anger and emptiness that make us slaves to drugs. Recovery takes action. Starting with an honest desire to stop the madness and insanity, we start by acknowledging the truth about our addictions to ourselves. Next we put the dope down and we find someone who has recovered (past tense - meaning they are in active recovery) to show us a new way to live without drugs.
My story is run of the mill for a drug addict. Early childhood and teenage experimentation with drugs became a full-blown lifestyle. I moved through the usual suspects: marijuana, LSD, mushrooms and mescaline. I graduated to MDMA, ecstasy then crystal meth. By the age of 40 I was a daily intravenous user of heroin and crystal with a penchant for cocaine. I got clean at 41. At 42 I went back to school and finished a couple of two year degrees. I then was admitted to a four-year institution where I am now working on my first bachelor's degree (in an engineering field).
I am active in recovery. I go to meetings, have a sponsor, I sponsor guys, do service at group, district and area levels. I have a design for living that works. This path was freely given to me and I freely give it to others.
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