My Journey Through Addiction

I was miserable, lonely and tired. I felt alone, even when I had friends around. I would fake each smile, then cry myself to sleep most nights.

I have definitely been affected by the disease of addiction. I was addicted to prescription meds and would eventually turn to meth.

I was an “average” person. My parents have been married for 42 years; I was a cheerleader; I was a basketball player; I made average grades. I married my high school sweetheart and we now have two kids.

My husband worked out of state and I was a stay-at-home mom. People thought I had the perfect life, but the problem was that it wasn’t my dream. I was miserable, lonely and tired. I felt alone, even when I had friends around. I would fake each smile, then cry myself to sleep most nights.

Meth took away my emotional pain and made me feel like I could face another day…at first. Before long, I needed meth just to get by and function on a daily basis.

My Breaking Point

My rock bottom moment came when I couldn’t see my kids. They had never spent a night away from me and, upon entering rehab, I would lose 28 precious days with them.

I fell apart. I realized that it wouldn’t be this easy next time; this was my warning. The next step could be prison or death.

Lessons Learned

I wish I never would have taken that first pill or hit, but I also realize I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it weren’t for my past.

I wish I would have seen a professional about my depression issues.

I wish I never would have taken that first pill or hit, but I also realize I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it weren’t for my past.

Mistakes aren’t always bad, as long as you learn from them.

My past is ugly, but my recovery is bright.

My Life Today

Today I am sober and my life is better. It’s not perfect, but I am happy. My hope is that, by telling my story, it will help someone struggling with addiction. My dream is to end the stigma surrounding addiction and show that wecan recover, we can change and recovery is possible.

I hope people read my story and realize that addicts don’t always come from broken homes, poor childhoods or homelessness. Addiction can happen to ANYONE!!

My advice is to have an open mind and find a support group like NA, Celebrate Recovery, AA or a church program. Support is a crucial recovery tool; the more people you have in your corner, the better your chances for long-term sobriety.

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