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Recovery can be difficult to achieve, but knowing others have reached it and hearing their stories can be a source of inspiration and hope that is invaluable as support during the journey to sobriety! Share yours to inspire others to find their path to recovery!
Anonymous Stories of Recovery Shared with Us:
At one time in my life, I battled with addiction. To keep a long story short and simple. My addiction was ugly and at times landed me in places that I did not want to be in. I burnt bridges, I hurt people. I hurt my family. I was incarcerated for many years. It’s not something I am proud about but I also believe we make choices in life and God lets us makes those choices because he knows when we come out of the darkness and into the light we will have one heck of a story to tell people so hopefully they don’t choose to go down the same path.
I can remember my last days in addiction. I was in a hotel room. I had just taken everything I had hoping I wasn’t going to wake up. Later, When I did wake up. I turned on my phone, I saw text messages from people who were worried about me, and I had a text from my mother that said “Just let me know you are Ok” Being an addict you have all this shame, this pain, this guilt. How could this woman still want to help me after all I put her through? I was asking myself all these questions, and I just said to myself “You know what I don’t want to die. I am going to surrender and take direction and give life another chance. So, with the help of a Drug Court program and some amazing people in my life I can say that I am truly blessed to be alive today.
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I grew up in a very sheltered home, and a Christian home. My father was in a Christian music band and had put out a gospel CD back in the 90s. My childhood was great! I was never exposed to drugs or alcohol. My parents didn’t even smoke cigarettes.
As I got into my teen years I star running with the “cool” kids, and I found myself smoking crystal meth when I was 16 and dropped out of high school. I ended up being sent to Alabama to live because I was making horrible life choices and I went on to get my GED.
I got married and had my daughter before I turned 21. Ended up divorced before my daughter was 1. I found myself hanging out with the wrong crowd once again. I remarried, and he was an addict as well. By the time my daughter was 5 I was using pretty regularly.
I ended up loosing my rights as a mother to my daughter. I used that as an excuse to justify me spiraling out of control. I walked away from God, alot of people I cared about I hurt and I distanced myself so people wouldn’t know I was using.
In 2016 I was completely strung out, my collar bones were building out of my chest. Addiction completely consumed every part of me.
Labor day weekend in 2016 my twin came and she cried and pleaded with me to get help. She knew if I didn’t it was going to be the last time she saw me. So I went, and in the midst of detoxing I was in so much pain, and I had to feel all the emotions I would use to numb. I cried out to God. I will never forget that day. “Please God, take me. I don’t want to live anymore”. “I have messed up my whole life, I am worthless, and I have failed”. “If you won’t take me on out, please pull me through this”. That is exactly what he did.
I detoxed and after I was going to stay with my twin for a little while to visit with family, ended up getting a call that my husband went to jail on drug charges and I ended up returning home. Right back into that lifestyle.
About a month later I could feel myself wanting to relapse and thinking about it more and more. Then! I found out I was pregnant. I had to stay focused. We found out it was a boy! My husband cried looking at the screen. For a split second I thought we were going to have a normal life.
December 20, 2016 I woke up and found my husband dead in our living room floor. Opioid overdose. I was completely destroyed. I was so angry with God. 2 days before Christmas we buried him. I was pregnant, I had only been clean 3 months. I was in agony, and I was scared.
4 months later I gave birth to our son. I returned home to be with my family and really dig deep into the woman I wanted to be. The mother I needed to be.
I had to work on my relationship with God. He never left my side, even though I was so angry. I never would have been able to make it through if he wasnt for him. His grace is sufficient in every time of need. Even when we are blind to it.
March 2018 I got my daughter back!! I went from a mother with no rights, to her sole guardian. When I worked on my relationship with God, others began to see the change in me. I had to put in the work! Relationships were being repaired!
Because of God I am able to write this with a huge smile on my face, and say September will be 5 years clean!
I am in college working on my doctorate degree in theology. I did re marry, a man of God! When life knocks me down he is there helping me back up to give it another try.
I am not ashamed of my past, I had to go through it to get to where I am headed. Is the journey easy? No! Is it worth it? Absolutely! God is using me to show others that the mountain in front of them can be moved! I hope my testimony gives hope and shows how good God is!!
– Candice Wright