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My name is Debbie Perkins and I was in active addiction since the age of six. I was molested from a family friend and he would give me alcohol. My dad was very abusive and when I would use it would make everything around me seem ok. Both of my parents committed suicide, my little brother died of lung cancer at a very young age and my ex-boyfriend came over and tried to kill me and killed himself in front of me. I have had a lot of pain in my life and I just stayed high through it all. I have been to prison three times and arrested over 20 times due to my addiction. I have been sober for over four years but it took a lot of work through a 12 step program to get where I am today. I now own a Transition house for women, I will graduate next semester with my Bachelors, Phi Theta Kappa, Deans list and Presidents list. I am a Nationally Certified Interventionist and a Certified Life Coach.

I am telling you all this because I saw on TV a commercial about Recovery and I would like to put my story out there and try and help kids realize the reality of drugs and alcohol. I have 13 mug shots that tell a story all by itself without saying a word. I became a Life coach to help parents what to do and not to do if their children are in active addiction or in the process of recovery. I am highly qualified and very successful to help getting people into rehab because I have been where they are at in their addiction. I work with several rehabs that model what it took for me to get and stay sober. I even stay as involved as long as they want me to in their recovery. I had to learn how to forgive the person who molested me because I could not live with that kind of anger. I am no longer a victim I am now a survivor and my passion in life is to help kids in early addiction not go as far as I did in addiction. I used for over 35 years with nothing but pain and I am now at peace within myself.

Please visit my website or call me if you need any help: ; My phone number is 561-880-7877

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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