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Where There is Life There is Hope

Where There is Life There is Hope

I am the father of an addict. Today my son has been clean over 2 1/2 years. For seven years he danced with a monster. By the time he found recovery he was a heroin addict that was speedballing cocaine and heroin. My son began using when he was 15 years old. He went to 4 rehabs, spent time in five local county jails and a state prison by the time he was 22 years old. 

It got so bad his mother and I were at the point that we were making plans for his funeral, we were just waiting for the body.

Our son is now 24 years old. He has been clear and sober since July 2010. He is the father to a 1 year old son and works a full time job at a manufacturing faciltiy to support his family. Rents his home and pays his bills.

Today he came to me all excited. He had met with the Dean at a local junior college to see if he could go back to school. There was a question regarding whether he would be allowed to go there. He had been arrested twice for stealing at the campus bookstore. He met with the Dean, explained everything and where he is today and what he has learned. When he left the Dean's office he left with permission to attend again and he was told he was eligible for a $1500 school tuition grant.

Where there is life there is hope. My sons recovery is the greatest gift I have ever received. I can't imagine what it is like for him.

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Categories: Cocaine, Family, Son, Heroin, Loss, Jail, Recovery, Rehab


February 03, 2013 | Diana

I am also living your story, well sort of. My son is 22 and he is currently in his 4th rehab as an adult and he went to 3 as a juvenille. He is 5 months into a 6 month program and my son returns to me slowly every day. You are so right where there is life there is hope. Thank you for sharing your story.  I hope that my son will continue in his path to recovery and I look forward to a day where I can say he has 1 year clean and then 2 and so on. Thank you again for sharing

February 01, 2013 | Giselle

You, your family are a great hope and inspiration for so many parents. Thank you

January 24, 2013 | Jennifer

Your story is an excellent example that people can change.  I have been sober 3 1/2 years now.  I also have gotten my Masters Degree last year.  It is possible to change a negative into a positive one.

January 23, 2013 | Ron Grover

Carol, Thank You from my son and I. If you want to know more about my son, our family and our journey from discovery to recovery feel free to visit my personal blog:

January 23, 2013 | Carol

I am living your story now, and am trying so hard to get my son the help he needs while he sits in jail.  I am so happy for you, your family and your son.  You must be so proud of him!  Please give him my congratulations and tell him that even though I don’t know him, I am very proud of all of his accomplishments and I wish him the very best of everything!

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