Today, I have been in recovery for 1 year and 4 months. I used pills and heroin for 18 years or more. I lost a sister while still using heroin, which led me to quickly sink further into my addiction. Simply put; I could not cope with it.
Approximately 2 years ago, my father passed. I was still using, but finally did something about my addiction. I went to detox, then entered an inpatient rehab on October 14, 2014. I am still working programs, going to counseling and anything else I can find that will help me in my recovery.
I am still working programs, going to counseling, and anything else I can find that will help me in my recovery.
On November 7, 2015, I lost my oldest sister and I am still trying to cope with it the best way I can. I have a lot of support from my groups, counselors, friends and some family members.
Yes, it’s only “some” family, as a few family members still call me hurtful names like “junkie.” That is a horrible thing to do to someone in recovery. Despite that, I am still standing strong and want to be clean for the rest of my life.
I am dealing with family losses, my sisters, and my father. And then on Sunday February 7, 2016, my mother also passed. I am totally devastated and heartbroken. I have a twin brother who is living; we are the only ones left of the family.
The point I am trying to make is that I am coping, staying strong, and being positive. Loss is a very sad thing, but we must be strong in our recovery because relapsing will not bring our loved ones back.
I thank all of those who have supported me during my recovery and encouraged me to stay positive. There is help and support for us out there.
I wish the best for all in recovery.