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Experience, Strength and Hope

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Experience, Strength and Hope

Hi, my name is Rachel and I'm an alcoholic and drug addict. I am a member of the Life Is Good Group of Alcoholics Anonymous and my sobriety date is, January 18th, 2009 and I haven't had a drink or drug since.

I started drinking when I was 12 years old and began doing drugs when I was 17 years old and I didn't stop until I was granted the gift of desperation at the age of 35 years old. I came from an alcoholic household and never felt safe. I was alone a lot as a child as my parents divorced when I was 5 due to my Father's alcoholism. My Father is not the only addict and alcoholic in my family, there are many.

I never felt like I fit in and was never at peace or had true happiness from a young age until I got sober and joined AA in 2009. I drank and did drugs to escape the bad feelings I had about myself and others and chose to anesthetize myself from the world because life was too painful and I couldn't face anything. I did that for 23 years of my life until it didn't work anymore. The sad thing is it really didn't work for years before that and all I did was miss out on life and hurt a lot of people.

I was selfish and self centered, manipulative, a liar and a thief, unreliable and an all around unhappy person while I was out there drinking and drugging! But now all of that has changed! :) I have been blessed with a new AMAZING life because of living life through the 12 Steps of AA and having had a spiritual awakening. I am no longer a victim and I realize that I was a volunteer for 99% of the drama that I caused in my life becasue of my actions. I have peace and happiness today and LOVE LIFE!!! Blessings to all.

Rachel P.

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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