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Kim's story

Created by Kimberly Fischer

Kim's story

Hello my name is Kim i started using drugs at a very early age i was 13 years old. I am now 42 and have been clean and sober 5 years. I started using to be accepted in my circle of friends. First it was marijuana at age 13, next it was meth age 16, and then heroin at age 20. I became an IV drug user. With that came jail then prison. Stealing from my parents, friends, family. Doing anything and everything i could to get high. I gave birth to 4 children. They were taken away and adopted out to my parents. Not even the loss of losing my children could stop my addiction. I wanted to stop but cravings and withdrawal made it almost impossible. I would go in to rehab from time to time only because my parents and children would beg and plead with me- i would go for them and not myself. The day came when i hit rock bottom i couldn't get any lower than where i was at. My parents had just both died 6 months apart from each other. I used more than i had ever to kill that pain that horrible feeling of emotion. My children now had lost their adopted parents and had no one but a herion addict for a mother. I ended up again in prison for a crime i did again while high on drugs. My older sister took all 4 of my children in. I did a lot of thinking in prison thats pretty much all you have to do.

On january 18th 2007 i changed my life- i started with meeting NA /AAA. I had hit my bottom. I was so tired of using and all the drama that goes along with it. I still just am doing it day to day. I am clean i can feel emotions and handle them. I have my 4 children in my life 2 of my sons even live with me. Life is just so beautiful- i never thought i could ever get to where i am today. If you are out there- there is hope and help you can stop ..I used to look at people that were clean an wanted what they had: a normal life. Well I am there i got what i wanted. I still have cravings and i still fight this disease of addiction. I will always be an addict. I choose not to use.

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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