One of the most common diseases found in America today is the disease of addiction. Recent studies discovered that approximately 40 million people over the age of 12 in America are currently addicted to either drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, and 80 million Americans are abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Similar to the many other diseases that a person can be diagnosed with, addiction is tough to beat. A dark path paves the way into the world of addiction, but the road to addiction recovery is illuminated by a bright, hopeful future. All drug addiction recovery stories are unique in their own way, but many of these stories share three similarities: how the addiction came about, how the individual got clean, and life now as a recovering addict following treatment.
There are numerous factors that can play into the development of addiction, but oftentimes it stems from a traumatic event that occurred at some point in a person’s life. In some cases, the trauma may have occurred early on in life, which may have caused the individual to make poor decisions over the course of several years, eventually leading to substance abuse and addiction. For other people, issues with substance abuse may begin immediately after experiencing trauma, grief, or loss, which with time can advance into an addiction.
People who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol often do not seek help, do not believe they need help, or do not even want help until they have nothing left to live for. It is at this point that addicts may be willing to fully submerge themselves into an addiction recovery program, and in turn be given a second chance at life. One recovering addict, Angela M., spoke about her drug addiction recovery story and her choice reach out for help.
Angela states, “I had finally hit my bottom and it was a very dark place. In was in that darkness that I realized I was not living or even exiting in fact I was barely surviving. I went from being a full time mom, college student, daughter and productive member of society to being a criminal, thief, prostitute, IV drug user and a source of grief and embarrassment for all who loved me. I ruined one relationship after another; traded homes, cars, clothes, jewelry and anything I could get my hands on for one more high. I no longer had the ability or desire to be a mother and so I chose drugs over my children in the end. I lost or traded everything that I loved, but most of all I lost my self-respect. I had done so many terrible things that I did not think redemption was possible. I could never forgive myself for what I had done to my family and I could not look myself in the mirror without being repulsed, so how could I ever ask anyone else to forgive me. I came to Florida with literally the clothes on my back.”
Angela M. continued on to say, “This time I decided to go to the Anonymous meetings and do whatever it took to stay clean. I pushed past the guilt and shame and continued to go to meetings, got a sponsor and worked the 12 Steps. I chase my recovery like I chased my dope. In the beginning, the only place I felt safe was in a meeting because I knew as long as I sat there I would not use. Doing the step work helped relieve me of much of the guilt and shame. Though there are still times when I look at my children and wonder how they were able to forgive me for turning my back on them. They are just happy to have their mommy back. My life today is amazing and filled with blessings. I have a great relationship with my mom and children.” Angela M. not only got a second chance at life, but she now has a life better than she could have ever expected because of her addiction recovery.
Another addict in recovery, Mark, once had a very advantageous life, until his aspirations to become a commercial pilot were no longer obtainable. His entire life was turned upside down, and within a matter of years he was hooked on drugs and alcohol. It took Mark over a decade to get his life back together, stating, “Thirteen years later, after substituting one drug for another, living on the streets from time to time and completely hating myself; I returned home and asked for help… I entered treatment in February on a Friday the 13th of 1997… I left that treatment facility twenty eight days later in March on a Friday the 13th. I still continue to believe that Friday the 13th is my lucky day because it introduced me to a twelve step fellowship that helped save and change my life.”
Addiction treatment was quite possibly the best thing that could have happened to Mark, and he continues to stay active in the addiction recovery community to this day. Mark said in his addiction recovery story, “Over the past sixteen plus years, through working with a sponsor, making a whole lot of meetings and being of service; I am grateful to know that there is no shame in being an addict. In fact, it was that simple admission that helped save and change my life. I never believed I would lose the desire to use drugs but by asking for help and following suggestions, I know in my heart that just for today I never have to use again. I am still a proud member of that same twelve step fellowship trying my best to give back what has been so freely given to me. I am grateful to be an addict in recovery.” When successful, drug addiction recovery stories are incredibly uplifting, promising, and powerful; proving that a life free from the use of drugs and alcohol is possible.
In addition to being possible, lifelong sobriety achieved through an addiction treatment program can give people a life better than they had even before their years of substance abuse and addiction. Anyone with a drug or alcohol addiction can reclaim their sobriety, but they have to want it and they have to commit to the treatment program. Breaking the cycle of addiction is challenging and can take several attempts before recovery actually sticks, but treatment is well worth it in the end. If you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, it is important that you understand that you are not alone. Certified addiction treatment centers can help you get your life back and restore your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. These centers will guide you through every stage of recovery and help you get back on your feet. The first step of addiction recovery is reaching out and asking for help. Pick up the phone and dial an addiction specialist today to learn more about treatment and how to enroll in a program, so that you, yourself can one day share your positive and influential drug addiction recovery story. Call 877-214-6008 now.
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