- Mental Health
A lot has happened since I went to California. I left Michigan with a dream and returned to Michigan with an addiction. I have since changed my career path to Addiction Counseling. When I got back I thought that leaving where the drugs came from would make me stay clean until I realized that I take me wherever I go.
I got in trouble with the law having been using and selling and got into a pickle with being a little high on that ladder. I spent two months in jail. Then when I was sentenced the judge ordered me to go to rehab and told me with the insight that I have at my age that I should consider going in the substance abuse field. Along with a therapist, rehab, outpatient and meetings I am a grateful addict in recovery with six months clean.
What was my secret has become my story.
If it only reaches one person, my life will have had purpose. Addiction is a progressive and fatal disease and the fact the I’m even alive to tell my story is a miracle each day. It started with an Adderall prescription and turned into a meth addiction. Although I’ve done things I’m not proud of, I would not be the person I am today had I not experienced what I did.
Many don’t get that chance. I overdosed three times in six months before I got to jail, thinking that it could fix the broken pieces inside, but that too began to feel like decaf. It’s truly a gift to still be here today and it has made me stronger and with a completely new outlook on life. It is worth living today. I want all those who struggle to know that there is help and hope for overcoming addiction