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My name is Leeann I’m an addict and I have been clean since 12/24/1982.

My name is Leeann I’m an addict and I have been clean since 12/24/1982.

My name is Leeann I got clean on December 24, 1982.  I was twenty three and chronic alcoholic by the age of twenty one.  I started drinking at age 17 1/2.  The first time I drank I blacked out and was sexually assualted.  I tried couple attempts at treatment.  I drank and used codiene to avoid feelings and it allowed me to interact with others.  The problems with drugs and alcohol is it created problems and situations that I couldn't control.  I drank with people I didn't like or wouldn't  associate with when sober.  I drank daily and would wreck my car and lost many jobs.  Would just walk off jobs.  I was type of drinker once I started I didn't stop till I exhausted all options.  I drank and used from age 17 1/2 to 23.  I went to recovery support meetings and would have brief periods of abstinence.  

Then in December 1982, I surrendered my addiction and started working 12 steps of recovery.  It wasn't easy back then most people getting clean were lots older..  It was a miracle I made it to my first year, then two and next thing you know I've been clean 30years.  I changed my life, my choices and my thinking.  I accepted I was an addict and I couldn't use chemicals.  I don't miss it anymore, I the early years it was hard.  I made it harder on myself.  You have to change playgrounds, playmates and playthings.  I eventually became an addictions counselor and worked for 13 years.  I turned my life around and helped others.  I worked with criminal population and felt they were most difficult but was very rewarding.  I still attend recovery support meetings.  I have some friends today that I have had for at least 28years.  I learned that to keep my recovery I have to give back.  So if you don't think you can do it just try for today. One hour or one minute at a time.  It works when you work at it.  Put as much effort into staying straight as you did at getting high.  Ask others for help. Good luck on the road to recovery.

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Categories: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Prescription Drugs, Recovery, 12 Steps, Treatment


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