My drug abuse a good thing?

My drug abuse a good thing?

I started smoking a joint after high school, drank on the weekend, nothing I was concerned about. Once I started living on my own, drinking became a nightly thing, a way to relax after work.

Then I started dating a girl who not only loved alcohol but also sold weed to be able to smoke it. We drank and smoked the months away. I wasn’t worried, I went to work, had my own place.

One night, after some drinking, my friend offered me a smoke of what I thought was weed. It was one of the best highs I have ever felt. That was the beginning of me smoking crack, it was downhill from there.

After I lost my girlfriend and my apartment, I moved back to my mom’s house. I worked harder at keeping my drugs a secret from her than I did at my job. When I lost my job, I lost myself. I stole from my mom to keep my drugs. After a time, I stole from anyone that I crossed paths with.

It had been almost two years since I started using, when I met my mom at Starbucks one day as she said she needed a ride home. Instead, she had an old friend named Steve sitting with her. Steve looked me right in the eye and said, I have been where you are. “You need help. IT WILL GET WORSE.” He put his hand on my shoulder and told me that he would do anything “to help me recover my life.”

I am not sure why I walked away from them vowing never to speak to my mom again, or why Steve’s words echoed in my head for days.
I do know that because of Steve’s relentless support, my mom’s love, and the right treatment program, I have been sober for 5 years.

I know at the time when Steve first met me, I hated him. I hated what he had to say. I felt a wave of anger that surged so strong I wanted to kill him.

I am blessed to be able to be giving back now. I am proud each day at The Sober Lining when one of us saves a life by picking up the phone. I would have never imagined I would have been someone who would abuse drugs, but if it led me to be able to help and serve others who are drowning like I was, then it was a blessing after all.

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