More than two years free from Heroin
“On June 11th 2014 I went to jail for 36 days on a contempt charge. Without delving too deep I’ll just say that I was in a really abusive relationship that led to my daughter going to live with my mother. She is my whole world, so when that happened I fell into a deep depression and leaned to my abusive boyfriend for emotional support. His answer to making me feel better was heroin.
After 8 months of daily use and a few half assed attempts at getting clean, I told the judge preceeding over the guardianship case of my daughter that I had been using and that I needed help. He found me in contempt of court and put me in the county jail until he could find me a bed in a rehab. From there I went to the best rehab in my state.
Recovery has been an uphill battle, but now I am at a point where it all just feels like a bad dream.”
6 months meth and heroin free
“Today, my life is different. And that’s all I could really hope for towards the end. Not a better life, because I didn’t feel like anything was ever going to get better… But just something different.
This is what 6 months of hard work and commitment looks like for me. I can finally know what happiness and serenity feel like. I get to help others as well as tell my story and share my solution. In doing that, I’m able turn all of the negative from before into positive now.
If you are struggling, please ask someone for help and dig deep down with everything you have to find the willingness to change. It’s worth it, I promise you.”
8 months clean and sober
“I was in such a dark and broken place that I never thought I could get out of. I was contemplating taking my life because I could not bear the pain anymore. My life was driven by fear and not wanting to look at myself. I decided that I am either going to end it all or pick myself up and start fighting for the peace and happiness that I deserve.
Asking for help was the best thing I could have ever done. I surround myself with strong women, work with a sponsor, and take suggestions!!!! There are so many amazing gifts that sobriety has to offer! Do not give up before the miracle happens!”
10 years free from crystal meth
“19 years old. I thought I was the most amazing person. I weighed about 100 pounds. I was a jerk. I stole from my friends for drugs. I stole from my family for drugs. I lied. Cheated. Hurt very good people. I had no one left besides my step dad when I quit. No one believed me anymore. It was a very hard time.
It’s been ten years and I am ready to leave the past, in the past. I am not an ex-addict. I am not in recovery. This fall I will walk up on stage and collect my BS in accountancy. I have accomplished so much from that person I was ten years ago. I am a whole, strong, and amazing person and I am damn proud of myself.”
Recovery time undisclosed
Jarrett not only kicked his drug abuse, he also curbed his overeating to completely reshape his entire figure.
4 years clean from meth and heroin
“Today (12/6/16) marks 4 years clean from heroin and meth. I was a terrible iv user and like most, progressively got worse. On the left, is me the day I was arrested 12-6-12 and coincidentally the day I finally surrendered to God!
With the help of God I am completing my BA and hope to one day be a prison minister. I have a beautiful 18 month old and everyday I thank God that I am not where I once was! Sobriety is possible.”
Three years sober
“Recovery for me exemplifies the promises coming true. The gift of family, and honesty between all of us, is truly better than what my life was even before I picked up a drink or a drug.”
8 months free and clear of heroin addiction
“8 miraculous months sober… Longest I’ve ever went… Without being forced. Because I want it this time.”
Jessie has been sober since July 6th, 2014
When summing up her own bout with alcoholism, Jessie choose a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche to describe her recovery period: “To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in the suffering.”
5 Months clean from heroin, cocaine, & ecstasy
“I am 25 years old now. It all started back around 18-19 years old. That is when I first tried percocet. Since then I have been in and out of a few rehabs. Every time I went was because I depleted my family’s resources or wanted to get them off my back.
But about 13 months ago, right after Valentine’s day last year is when I took a nose dive. I had upgraded from snorting percocets to snorting raw heroin around the age of 21. It lasted a while. But as most people know, it’s inevitable that an addict will eventually move over to needles. It got even worse quick.
First off I switched from raw heroin to scramble immediately. It was way cheaper and when it comes to IV use, it gives off a way better rush. This also resulted in becoming dope sick way quicker than before. I went from 185 to 148 pounds in about 3 months.
Now I’m at this place in Baltimore. I’ve been here since I got out of jail and flew back in November. And life is really good. I know 5 months of clean time isn’t a lot… But it’s great for me. I’ve never ever had real time before. So this is awesome.”
90 Days meth free
“I wanted to show people the effects of what meth can do to you and hope to inspire some people who are in addiction or in the process of recovery like I am. No, I’m not proud of the fact I used to do meth. I didn’t even realize how disgusting I looked while I was using until after I got clean and realized how awful I looked. Im 5’4 tall and was 110 lbs in the first picture and now I’m at a healthy weight of 130 and proud of it. I just remember seeing others going about their normal lives wondering if I would ever have the ability to live a serene life clean and free of meth – anyone who has been addicted knows exactly what I mean by that. I truly wish the best for anyone trying to beat this nasty addiction… And just know there is a light at the end of the tunnel”.
1 year free from meth
“I was going to jump off the bridge because I’d had enough of the lifestyle of being high, being homeless, having nowhere to go, and being completely unhappy.
Now I have real friends. I talk to my family a lot. I’m gaining relationships back. I can show up. I can show up in life. I can be a friend; I can be a brother, a son. I can be an uncle and those are all things that I value and all things I couldn’t do before.”
6 years sober from meth
“I keep that picture to remind myself where it took me, where I was. I felt defeated. I look at the other picture and I think, ‘Wow, I did it.’ Today I celebrate my life! 6yrs clean from the grips of meth addiction!
If you are still in the midst of this ugly nightmare please know there is hope. You too can beat this and have a beautiful life. It is NEVER too late. Forgive yourself and know that you are worthy!
I am blessed to have the love and forgiveness of all that love me! I love my life and I love all my friends and family that have always supported me.”
1 year clean from heroin
“They tell you all the scary stuff, but the scariest thing they don’t tell you is that you are gonna love it. You’re gonna love it so much, and it will trick you because you just think, ‘Oh this is nice, it’s not that big of a deal.’I thought it was a blessing because I could focus in school.
I did some pretty bad things. Things I would have never imagined myself doing, but it just escalates and escalates. That desperation, and the way that the drugs make you feel… It doesn’t even matter at that moment what you do, you just have to get money any how, any way, to get your dope.
My own family didn’t even know who I was anymore. I didn’t even know who I was anymore. Now I don’t feel this constant pressure to have to go out and do something or be somebody that I’m not. I can just focus on being me.”