So, in writing my first blog I’d like to introduce myself. Telling you this is my first blog also lets you know that I really have no idea what I am doing as a writer but, with that being said, I hope my own personal stories and posts here will have a positive impact on someone’s life. If my posts influence or affect one person in a positive way, then it was all worth it. I will start off by saying that I am a recovering heroin addict and alcoholic. Some would say why don’t you just say you are a person in long term recovery? To answer that question…Sometimes I do. It depends on who I am talking to.
The reality is I NEVER want to forget the pain of being in such a dark place. Yes, I am sober, and I truly believe I have the best life ever but, with that being said, there is someone reading this post that has never taken a sober breath. I want those readers to know….I understand you. I was once the hopeless variety.
After living what I believe to have been a pretty decent upbringing, I fell prey to a crippling opiate addiction that I didn’t see coming from a mile away. Catholic schools my whole life, sports, vacations and endless opportunities to succeed in life were all in the cards for me.
Why then would someone with a promising future choose to pick up drugs and destroy their life?
Well, that is where I believe so much misinformation and stigma lie around substance abuse and mental health disorders. A big reason why it took me many years to find recovery was because my family (including myself) thought too much about what others would think instead of realizing the nature of addiction being life or death. Thank God my parents sought help and came to realize that addiction is a disease. From that point on, my journey of treatment, sobriety, relapse and chaos began.
I now have over 14 years in recovery, which is the most important accomplishment in my life. I managed to become the person I always wanted to be because of this blessing called recovery. Throughout this process I have had many trials and tribulations and I am so grateful for that because everything has been a learning experience. I have been blessed to get married, have a beautiful daughter, and own a home.
Remember…..I was a homeless heroin addict that wasn’t going to accomplish anything in my life!!
Whoever is reading this don’t believe the LIE, that says recovery is not possible. You can most certainly get sober and turn your life around. Your disease will always tell you the big lie. Stay STRONG and NEVER give up! Recovery is always possible!