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My Freedom

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My Freedom

I suffered from addiction for over 20 years I'm now 37 years old mother of three and a grandma now. because of my own personal pain and misery I turn to drugs and alcohol at a young age and at 25 I walked away from my family. my oldest daughter was 9 years old at the time her last words to me were she never wanted to see me again. as you can imagine this crush me I went on to live a life of drugs alcohol prostitution crime and misery. I smoked crack and drank alcohol to numb my pain because I could not stand the reality of my life. I moved across country with a man who left me 2200 miles away from home when I turn to prostitution to survive or so I thought, I say this because there are many many many ways to ask and reach out for help. finally March 13th of 2013 I found myself about to take my own life when I turn to God and ask for help... I was holding a handful of pills what I said god this has got to change it was at that time that I received a phone call that distracted me and I ended up falling asleep when I woke up in the morning I turn myself in to the local police for a car I had stolen the the night before I spent 32 days in jail where I spent everyday reading the Bible I was sent to a rehab. now keep in mind I did not see my family for the last 13 years 2 weeks after being at rehab I received news that my daughter has found me and wanted to make contact with me this is when I found out I was a grandma. today I have 8 months clean and life is good I pay bills I have an apartment I have money in my pocket I have love and I have family as we all know we cannot have these things in active addiction. addiction is a disease but you can overcome it do not let it rule your life. seek help and start living before it's too late get back the things you once lost... your freedom from 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. Julie
Christie, what an amazing story. Congratulations on two years today!