I consider the arrest that led my sobriety a blessing in disguise, because I don’t know where I would be without it. I had been trafficking drugs for some time, and was pulled over with 120 grams of heroin. I was placed in federal custody and haven’t looked back to my old ways since that day.
Since then, my life has improved in every way imaginable.
One of the best parts of my sobriety has been earning back the trust of my loved ones. The transformation has been significant. I went from feeling unwelcome to having the keys to my family home. My parents are incredibly proud of me and have allowed me to prove myself to them—which means the world to me.
My parents never enabled me and always knew when to tell me “no”. My mother never bailed me out of jail, but she came to every court hearing and paid for my essentials while I was incarcerated. Her ability to be there for me while holding me accountable is something that will always stay with me. I can now enjoy a relationship with my parents without them questioning my intentions. I no longer feel like a burden to them, and can enjoy my relationships fully.
The change in my life is remarkable.
My boyfriend and I went from living in a car to having a home of our very own. I wouldn’t trade that stability for anything in the world. When I was using, my life was impossibly difficult; I did things I’m not proud of, and I disrespected myself more times than I can count, but I know how much I have overcome, and I am thankful that my sobriety has changed my life.
I didn’t do it alone. I’ve had many people and organizations help me along the way. Mahajan Therapeutics has been amazing. The staff is incredible, and have always been there for me. I am especially grateful for Ricky and Rue, who showed tough love when I needed it and kept me on track.
My sobriety helps me feel confident and happy. I never want to return to the life I lived. I want to stay happy. Happiness can be fleeting, but having a life you’re proud of, and liking who you’ve become is transformative. I want for every person who feels like giving up on themselves to know that feeling personally. It may sound like a cliché, but that’s the most valuable advice I have—don’t give up. It really does get easier, I promise.
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