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You're Never Too Young to Get This

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You're Never Too Young to Get This

I'm 20 years old. I was born in NJ to a family where alcoholism and mental illness runs deep. My alcoholic father left me, my step father was a heroin addict who beat me and abused me mentally and emotionally. My grandfather was like my dad really.

When I was 13, I started smoking cigarettes, smoking weed, and drinking alcohol. I met my father when I was 14 and have only seen him twice since then. He still actively drinks. My grandfather died when I was 15. My addiction progressed when I was 18 and discovered xanex and cocaine.

Over time I discovered opiates, hallucinogens, and everything else. Opiates turned into heroin. My ex girlfriend had a kid with someone else. It was supposed to be my kid. That fueled my addiction for awhile. I was extremely depressed, anxious, and suicidal. I've been to an IOP, two crisis centers, a psych ward, a detox, and two inpatient rehabs.

After I got out of my first rehab, I relapsed 16 days later because I tried doing it my way. I got out of my second rehab on September 25th of 2012 and I've been clean since. I live in south Florida and I live in a halfway house. I've been clean for 144 days only because I gave my life to the care of my higher power and I'm working the 12 steps of AA.

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.

Guest Book


1. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story, Johnny, and congratulations on your recovery.
2. Laura B.
Hi Johnny, Thanks for sharing your story. It's difficult to overcome childhood upset and the pressures and patterns we adapted from our pasts - it took a lot of courage and confidence to take steps in your recovery! We are all proud of you for it and rooting for you! Congrats on your second year in recovery!
3. Terry Maloney
moderation? does that mean censoring.?
4. Chaas
This is just the pefrect answer for all of us
5. Natalie
Stay strong!! I am in recovery 48 years old,. be proud of yourself!! great story!!