Learning the HARD way!

by James

I was just 14 when I got addicted to cocaine and heroin. I started hanging around with the wrong people... it was the worse mistake I've ever made.

I didn’t care about anything parents broke up lost close friend and my life seemed worthless. At the time drugs seemed to blank everything out and seemed a way out for me but just months into using it got out of control.

I turned to crime robbing and anything just to get drug money. I lost all my mates and had no one to turn to I just couldn’t find a way out.

What hurt the most was the pain I was causing my mum she was the only person that ever been there and she started to get ill and used to be a heavy drinker herself.

After 1 year of using I had been arrested over 25 times for all sort of things and when I got locked up for possession and thief it made me think what I was doing.

Just sitting there watching walls as days went I knew I had to do something to change my life because I knew I could do something better with my life and I just wanted to come out and show everyone that I wasn’t some worthless piece of (shxx) and ever single night I would just lay there crying.

As soon as I came out I had changed and just wanted to have my life back and I knew I had to face the problems in my life. I got help and support and its been the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I knew I only had another chance to do right and I wasn’t going to give up now no matter how hard it got. I wasn’t going to waste my life.

Months went without any drugs and I knew I was going to make it and I still have problems in my life but turning to drugs isn’t the answer it just messes your whole life up you gets you trapped in a cage that you can’t escape from and the only person who can help you get free is yourself.

No one can make you stop but you got to have it in you to make a choice in what way you want to live your live.

Stay strong and positive and never give up because if you really want to change your life you can.

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There is always hope and we are the only ones who can change our harmful choices.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear James,

What a simple yet powerful story, and how right you are that we all must be accountable for every choice we make and only we can choose to turn away from drugs and get out of the prison that they create in our lives.

Congratulations on your sobriety and thanks for giving others who are struggling the path to freedom from their addiction.


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