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At the age of 15 I began using cocaine and by the time I was 17 I was addicted to meth. I did not care if I lived or not. I dropped out of high school at age 16, also. Drugs were my way of masking the pain I had but I did not know what the source of the pain was until I turned 17. I had a flashback of sexual abuse for the first time. All I could do was use more drugs to ease the pain. Life was not an option I desired. By the age of 18 I had already survived 3 overdoses. One day I decided enough was enough and went clean cold turkey. It was not an easy decision because when a person decides to become clean those they have surrounded themselves with will not support and you need to completely remove yourself from the dangerous environment you are so used to. I did just that. I just left and did not tell anyone where I was going.
That was May 2004. In September 2004 I found out I was going to become a mother for the first time. I believe God placed me in this role so I would never look back to my old life and relapse. Well, it worked. I never looked back to drugs and I share my story with others. I did not just stop at becoming a parent, I knew I had much more in myself than I cared to give credit for. Here I am now working on my Doctorate degree and a mother of three. Life does give us many chances to succeed and follow our path in a healthy way. The only catch is - you have to want to be more than a victim in the path of life and become a survivor and live life to its' fullest.


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. Laiveen
Muy interesante el video, pero no veo ninguna actividad en el blog. A que se debera esto? Como madre hispana pienso que tenemos muy pocos recursos en espanol sobre el tema de las drogas y nuestros hijos. Algo que nos esta afectando cada dia mas. Me gustaria encontrar un chat o blog en espanol donde podamos compartir nuestras experiencias.
2. Ruben Dario Hoyos
estoy en colombia y estoy maravillado con excelente imformacion, soy rehabilitado de conmunidad terapeutica y me gusta la prevencion ya q por ley hay q masificarla pero es poco el apoyo que del gobierno se recibe en cuanto a drogas. PUEDO IMPRIMIR LA GUIA HABLEMOS DE DROGA PARA FOROCOPIARLA Y REGALARLE A LOS PADRES DE FAMILIA QUIERO LLEGARLE A TODOS. ASESORADO POR PSICOLOGOS Y ESPECIALISTAS EN TRABAJO SOCIAL QUEDO ATENTO A SU RESPUESTA YA Q DEBO RESPETAR LA MARCA REGISTRADA Y NO QUIERO PROBLEMAS ESPERO LA MAXIMA AYUDA YA Q ES PRIMORDIAL LA PREVENCION EN COLOMBIA
3. Jorge Cuevas
Me gustaria que hubiera videos, muchos videos de jovenes (hombres y mujeres) que se han drogado o que estan en las dogras y las consecuencias de ello. Es mucho mas facil que mis hijos vean y oigan a un joven con estos problemas y nada mas "blablablabla" (como ellos dicen) de lo que los padres les podemos decir.