- Friends & Family
Submitted by: Bo Brown
My name is Dillon. My sobriety date Is January 7, 2017.
Before I got sober, I was addicted to opiates for ten years. It completely controlled every aspect of my life. I had no relationships, money or assets. From the minute I woke up each day, all of my desire and energy went towards feeding my addiction. My whole life was upside down for such a long time that I forgot what normal really was and what it was like to have relationships with others or how to get from point A to point B because I had sold my care for drugs. That was my whole life was. Anyone that came into my life would not last long because of the chaos and hell that surrounded me. I was completely numb to everything because of the bad things that were created by long term use and continuing to neglect my health and the legal problems that I created the longer I used. Eventually it would all come crashing down.
Any length of sobriety I had within those ten years would be because I was confined to a program and once I came out I would just make the same mistakes again.
It wasn’t until I made the initiative and real decision to set myself away and make the commitment to get sober and making sacrifices of not being with my girlfriend or things I was comfortable with. During those three months my value system changed. All of sudden I started caring about things differently. I started putting others like my family and my girlfriend before my own selfish desires. After that my life started to turn around. God started to bless me. The things that came back to me were so much different than what they were before.
Now I have a steady income, my relationships are healthy, and life is good. It is not way up one day and way down the next. Life is just steady. That is the best place that I can be. If something bad or unexpected does happen, today I am prepared for it.
My goal is to become a Peer Support specialist. Learn how to help others and deliver the message of recovery. I am also furthering my own education in graphic design currently on scholarship that I would not have been able to secure without the blessings of recovery.