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A brand new life

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A brand new life

A year ago I was a hopeless, helpless shell of the person I used to be. I was drinking at least a fifth of whiskey a day. From the age of 13. 22 years of drinking. Nothing in my life worked- school, my marriage, my relationship with my family. Nothing. Everything I did revoved around drinking, finding money to drink, or in somestate of hangover or intoxication. One day I was supposed to be watching my daughter and I chose to get drunk instead. My wife just looked at me and said,"You can't live like this.". In that moment of clarity, I knew she was right. I called a councilor I knew and he told me to get to detox. I got to treatment and made a decision to turn my life over to my higher power and a program of recovery. It has trully changed my entire life. Today, I am living life in a new light. Everything I do is like a new experiance to me. I know I have to work on this everyday for the rest of my life, but it has turned into a labor of love. I love my life and I love my sobriety. People trust me again, I can walk with my head held a little higher. I know everyone has heard it be fore, but I know what people mean when they say,'If I can get sober, anyone can.". If you think no one cares, believe me, someone does and he will never let you down. If you think no one will help you, reach your hand out and see who pulls you up. The hand of recovery and hope is always there.

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. Lauren Kiser
U truly are an inspiration!
2. Dustin
Very strong and encouraging words I wish you the best. My sobriety date is 12,12,12 and I am an addict. Just went thru treatment and it changed my world.