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Life of an addict.

Created by Jessica

This is my story. When I was a baby I was put up for adoption, I was the only child of three put up, therefore it caused me to have abandonment issues. I started drinking at a very young age, I was going to parties a lot. I ended up getting raped 14 days before my 15th birthday. Shortly after I started using oxycodone 30 mg. I started out snorting one a week then I started using more and more. About two years after snorting them I started shooting them up. I got up to shooting between 16 and 24 a day. I was also doing other drugs, crack and cocaine, meth, heroin, and smoking weed. After 6 long years I got tired of doing the same thing everyday. I lived to use and used to live. I got tired of it. So on February 1st of 2012 I went to my parents and told them I needed help. They got me into a rehab in Jacksonville, Florida, that night. The name of it is "lake view health systems". I recommend it to anyone. Anyway when I got there I was already withdrawing they gave me some meds and that was the beginning of my new life. While i was in rehab i found out that I got Hepatitis C from my drug use. I was there for 45 days and they saved my life. When I got out I went to AA meetings in my hometown where I went back to. Everything was going good until I hung out with the wrong person at the meeting and ended up relapsing. Shortly after I cut her and everyone else out of my life. And I've been clean since July 4th 2012. I'm currently on an opiate blocker shot called Vivitrol. That's a life saver and I recommended that to every addict. It helps with the cravings and say I wanted to do a pill I wouldn't be able to get high off of it. I'm a totally different person than I was almost a year ago. And I'm about to start treatment for the Hep C. I'm 21 almost 22 and I've lived a tough life but I'm now on the right path. Since I've gotten clean I've got my own place and I'm currently in College. I hope my story helps. If anything I wanna say I'm living proof that no matter where you've been or are or how bad you are, you can change as long as you want it. It starts with you. Wish you the best of luck.


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. Julie
Thank your for sharing your story, Jessica. Congrats on your recovery!
2. Lori
Keep up the good work. It begins when we stop using and is a life long adventure. I had a hard time getting straight but after many years and five rehabs, I am clean now for 25 years. Every decision I make the important question is "is this good for my recovery". If not, I have to pass.