Thank God for my disease
My name is Mark. I am a 31 year old father and husband and have been clean and sober for over 1 year now. My story began at the age of 11. I began drinking very heavily out of the gate and quickly became addicted to I.V. drugs at the young age of 15. I was in and out of psych wards, rehabs and could not stay in one school for more than a year. I was not ready to stay clean and sober, I didn't want to, I wanted to die. Two kids later I struggled through early adulthood. I was never able to keep a job, and was in and out of the hospital for blood infections and heart problems due to my extensive I.V. drug use. Finally, a year ago I had my awakening. It was not a bottom like going to jail, losing everything or getting fired. It was the fact that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The drugs didn't work anymore, I was a 30 year old no body. I was a terrible father, a terrible husband and had no career to speak of and had thrown away every career I had started. I was scared, but knew where to go. That was a very well known anonymous 12 step group. Instead of acting like I knew everything, I sincerely asked for help. I listened to everything that was suggested, got a sponsor and began something I had never begun in the 15 years of attempting to get clean, I worked the 12 steps. I now work as a subcontractor for the Federal District court, I am an ordained minister, a functioning loving husband and father, and a productive positive member of society. The three keys that I stick to this day, are honesy, openmindedness and willingness. I go to meetings, and help other alcoholics and addicts which is absolutely key to my sobriety as well. I hope if anything, my story can help teens and young adults know they do not have to go through the years of self torture I did. Using and drinking does not get any better, it gets worse. There is nothing "cool" about it. It is deadly, I have buried dozens of friends from DUI accidents and overdoses. All us addicts and alcoholics have is a daily reprieve from our addiction contigent upon our spiritual maintanance. Thank goodness I have the disease of addiction and alcoholism, because now I have a path and a program that helps not just me, but others that suffer from this fatal illness. ~Mark
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