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Stopped digging to the bottom

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Stopped digging to the bottom

I am a 32-year-old man that has just found a new way to live. I am 18 months clean and have gone from a homeless gutter junkie to a father, friend, homeowner and plant manager. I was blessed with a new chance at life.

I was hooked on pain pills at first, then went to heroin. I gave my three kids away and lost a wonderful wife, a business, and any dignity I had left. I went through many detoxes and rehabs and just kept relapsing over and over. I wound up flying a sign on the side of the highway and becoming a thief.

I found 12 steps to change the way I live my life. I started recovery facing 10 years in prison. I faced all my problems head on for the first time in my life. I learned that drugs were just a symptom of my problem. My problem was fear. I had to take a look at what I had done and find hope to believe in. We all deserve to have the chance of recovery. There is hope for all of us who are addicted.

I know that every day I live I must put recovery first. I am just as close ?to using as anyone but today I have put the shovel down and quit digging new bottoms for myself to hit. If no one has told u today... I love you all. ?


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. WIlliam Welch
Spencer-- Your story resonates on such a deep level with my own. Thank you for your bravery and keep shining, brother.
2. Bunny Music
Great news Spencer. I was at one time homeless in NYC too but it was because I smoked coke. I wound up on oxygen 24/7 because I smoked that and cigarettes and the oxygen made me give up everything I smoked. I've been living a good life for 16 years now, on oxygen, but it's great to be alive and happy. I'm so happy for you. Smile
3. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Spencer. Congrats to you on your recovery and best of luck to you.