Drug addiction treatment stories are Important
In meeting and working with addiction recovery patients over the years I have found that one of the most important aspects of their recovery is having the opportunity to share their story, their life experience.
Drug addiction treatment stories don't often have a happy ending but what ever the ending sharing them is helpful.
A former teacher of mine is a psychotherapist, who always talked to us about getting to the "essence of self" when helping people tell those all important drug addiction treatment stories . It is the essence of self that drives the person's perceptions and creates meaning in life. Your Drug addiction treatment stories are important. You are not alone and maybe there is someone who will benefit from you sharing your experience. We encourage you to gather your thoughts and share them with us.
A few drug addiction treatment stories
Here are a couple of Drug addiction treatment stories that describe the process of recovery. We’re hoping that you will share your stories with us as well so that others can learn from your experiences.
Many people tell us that it helps them to read others drug addition stories because they understand what they've gone through a little better. Many times therapy sessions are simply a place where people come and share their addiction recovery stories.
You may find that sharing your Drug addiction treatment stories anonymously is the first step toward dealing with addiction:
Both Sides of The Fence!
I grew up with addicted parents. Watched my mother and father
struggle in addiction all my life. Swore the whole time I would never
end up that way.
At 23 I had an operation and was prescribed pain pills in which I became addicted to. From there I went back and forth in my addiction and each time I went back to using it got worse and worse.
At 25 I was on IV drug use and that led me to abscessing my arm and being referred to a methadone clinic.
I did good there for like 9 months but when my home life didn't change any at all I became craving again and eventually turned to crack for my new high.
Once on crack I lost everything very quickly. Fought with that addiction off and on for 5 years. Most of my off times were due to jail or prison and not to my wanting to stop.
After getting out of prison the last time I went right back to my old boyfriend and old ways but it was way more progressed and worse than ever.
In 2008 I decided that I couldn't keep that lifestyle up. I had been beaten, raped, and abused in so many ways that I would have never even imagined. I left town with the boyfriend and attempted to clean my life up but I still was clueless to how many ways I really had to change in order to survive as a clean and sober woman.
A year later I was back in jail but this time nothing to do with drugs and instead it was money. We had found a new addiction. While in jail for that year I was completely alone. I turned to church and the church ladies for guidance and support.
One lady in particular stood out and believed in me. She supported me the whole way through and still to this day does. I have been clean and sober for 3 years and out of jail for over a year now.
I found a great boss who has given the position of program coordinator in a residential recovery program where I lead approximately 27 men and women to their recovery daily. I know God has had his hand on my life the whole time and has turned my mess into a beautiful blooming rose.
Both Sides of The Fence
Thank you so much for sharing your story! It sounds SO similar to what my son has gone through. He is now in jail for DUI and violating probation. He was clean for 7 months the last time he got out of jail and then relapsed. He now says he is ready to change and to embrace the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
Thank goodness for the Al Anon program as well. Going there has helped me so much. I also see a counselor, talk to my minister and see a physician's assistant. I agree with you strongly that you need support but that we are NOT alone.
Every day I give the day over to God and that has been the best thing I can do.
Best wishes to you and I will pray for your continued success-Lynette
Admitting my alcohol abuse.
(St. Louis, Missouri)
I started drinking innocently in college. It was everywhere, and the
"in" thing to do. I noticed the buzz it gave me and added to my self
esteem. -- Through the years my drinking escalated. I'd say I realized I
had a problem in my late 20's, but just continued to drink.
I still have self esteem issues, and drink heavily--not every day. I can easily down 2 bottles of wine. I hate that I have to have it to feel better about myself, but the hang-over's and depression that are created from alcohol are horrible side effects. I envy people that are just social drinkers. They can enjoy 2 or 3 drinks then stop. I wished I enjoyed life without alcohol.
I have never gotten treatment, but one of my doctors who I see for depression thinks I drink to "self medicate." He's right.
Any advice is appreciated. -- I work full time, and I'm now 56 years old.
Thank you for sharing your story. I can definitely relate with you. I started drinking when I was 16 and drank until I was 28. At first it was with friends, partying or going to a bar. I ALWAYS got drunk when I drank. Over the 12 years it just kept getting worse. Eventually I drank EVERY night by myself and occasionally with friends.
I wanted to quit when I was 28 because I had a son (I didn't drink while I was pregnant). I tried but kept going back to it, although I didn't get drunk every night - just drank some. It had become an addiction. I went to my medical doctor and he was great. One of my biggest fears was not being able to sleep if I didn't drink at night. He gave me a non-addictive medicine to help me sleep and told me to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. I did go and I also got a drug and alcohol counselor. Now I haven't drank for 25 years.
Now I go mostly to Al Anon meetings (for friends and families of alcoholics and drug addicts). That is because my son has been having trouble with substance abuse.
Both meetings helped immensely because I realized I was not alone with these two problems. Also, it is great to talk freely and hear others be so open.
I greatly advise that you go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and perhaps talk some more to your medical doctor. Also, you could get a drug and alcohol counselor and talk to a clergy. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Please get some support. I will pray for you-Lynette
Your an amazing person!
I believe you do not need something to self medicate take life one day at a time breath in the fresh air and try to relax.