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My Addiction

My name is DJ and i started using drugs in High School. It all started with drinking and smoking pot on weekends and at parties. Within a couple months I was smoking pot everyday. I graduated High School and went into the Marine Corps and shortly after was introduced to Crystal Meth. I started smoking weed and using meth in the marine corps. Then I was discharged a year later. I came back to my home town and started using cocaine and crack along with drinking and smoking weed.  I straghtend up for a few years and just used alcohol and weed. until i got a divorce, then i started with meth daily for a year my new girlfriend caught me using after a year and a half without ever missing a day of getting high. I came off meth my first time and ended with a Domestic violence charge and a 5 year no contact order. I would get clean for a while then relapse over and over again. In the end, I was shooting meth, heroin, coke, anything i could get my hands on. Needless to say five years later i was seen by a judge for the 44 th time and he threw me in prison for 5 years. I quit using as soon as i was locked up and have stayed clean since. My clean date is 08-03-06. I have been out of prison since 01-07-10 and am graduating from college and work as a chemical dependency counselor now helping people who struggle with addiction like i did for 20 years. This is just scratching the surface of my whole story I just wanted to share this with the hope of that it might help someone out there who is struggling. YOU CAN change your life around and lead a great life. I hope this helps someone out there.

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Categories: Alcohol, Cocaine, Crack, Loss, Jail, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Recovery

Comments4

May 13, 2013 | Kathy

Thanks for sharing your story. I have been pushing my 22 year old son for military hoping it will save his life, but i"m not sure any more.

May 05, 2013 | Kim

Thank you for sharing your story. My sons journey is very close to yours. He is serving his 2nd year of his 5 yrs sentence and celebrating his 2nd year of sobriety. Your story provides hope.
Thank you

May 03, 2013 | fredia

Loved your story i would love to council people too. Maybe one day i can help others too. Thank you for your story

April 30, 2013 | Stephanie

God bless you in your recovery.  My son is 18 and has been using all sorts of drugs since he was 14. He recently gave up pot and pills and started drinking and that has been a new nightmare.  Right now he is clean and sober and we are trying to get him to consider the military.  However, after reading your testimony page, I am thinking we may need to rethink that option.  Stay strong in recovery!

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