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The Scene That Was Mine

Created by Eddie Valentin

The Scene That Was Mine

Dope is like a jealous lover. It comes in all kinds of dresses. Bottles, pills, marijuana and cigarettes. It knows no rivals. Work, family, hobbies are not allow on this trip. Dope demands all your time and money. All your thoughts and eventually your body. Nothing else ever comes First. Not even God. Dope destroys your will power and self-respect. It cripples you completely. In return for your slavish devotion, it will turn you into a cunning liar, a thief, a self involved bore, a simpering idiot and worthless bum. Whatever junk you are on will choke the life out of you. It will kill everything that is useful, decent and independent. After it has twisted your brain. If you are lucky, it will kill you. Otherwise you may linger on for years as a mindless zombie. Dope has one deadly enemy. It is the word 'NO!'. No starts out haltingly. It is shy and painful to say. But the more you say it, the more is respected and finally accepted. No is the only cure for the curse that is ruining your life. What is dope? It is expensive private road to a permanent home with the living dead. It is the trip peddlers try to talk you into taking. It puts them on easy street, and you in hell. The day I learned to say 'NO!' I got off a 20 year merry-go-round. Thank God I did, or I wouldn"t be here to tell you: How my trip was...And how lucky I am to have found my way back.


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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