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Nothing will destroy every area of life like addiction can!

by Jeff
(Chicago)

Drugs can and will destroy you physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, etc. The pain has no end. I have been using since I was 12 years old.

It is a deeply depressing thought to think that without all the drugs, I would have likely gone to college, had a great job, no constant anxiety. Instead I chose a dark path. I started off with DXM. Taking Triple C's changed my personality from outgoing and happy to someone dark, angry, and disturbed. I moved on to weed, opiates, alcohol, Adderall, everything except heroin. For the past 15 years I have used a lot at times, and a little at others. Always the nagging feeling to use is in the back of my mind.

If you have never used drugs, I envy you. I wish I didn't know how good they felt. And I wish I didn't know how destructive they are.

I hate myself for what I have become. Someone with so much potential, so intelligent, now a shell of a human being.

My life is wasted.

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Today is a new day!
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Jeff,

As an addiction and mental health counselor, I'm hoping you will consider getting support for yourself as you continue to try to move away from addiction. Addiction can cause depression, and depression often does not allow us to see all of the positive possibilities for our lives as we move forward.

Drugs and addiction do take a lot from our lives, but as we move away from our addiction towards our recovery we can regain the meaning in our lives. Our lives can go from being wasted to having meaning and consequence. There is ALWAYS hope and we can all be part of that hope to help others avoid the mistakes we've made.

Good luck,

Debbie

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