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Real Life Addiction Story from an Ex-Addict

Real Life Addiction Story from an Ex-Addict

My struggle with addiction started when I was 12 years old, which was around the time my parents got divorced. I found the effects of alcohol were helping me cope with the divorce. Growing up there was always a party happening in the house. There were very few weekends where I did not see my family drinking and becoming intoxicated. There was always alcohol in the house behind the bar, which made it easy to take my first drink. In fact, this was the left-over wine in the glasses at the dinner table. The feeling you get from those first intoxicating effects made me forget about the problems happening within the house.

When I turned 13, I was finding ways to sneak alcohol into school, which was rum in a coke can. By the time high school came, I discovered binge Definition of the word binge drinking with my friends. This, of course, led to stealing alcohol from a friend’s parents. We would replace the missing vodka with water to make it look like nothing was taken. Fast forwarding to college when I was 17, I found a whole new level of drinking with my classmates. When I turned 18 I discovered cocaine, ecstasy, and pain medication. The pain medication was prescription from prior surgeries due to sports injuries.

During my early teen years, my parents took me to psychiatrists because of learning problems, of course, drug-related. When I turned 18 I had also discovered psychiatric medication, such as anti-depressants and sedatives, on top of the street drugs. I was 20 years old when I asked for help. The details from the time I found alcohol to the when I asked for help are irrelevant. I had worked and lived in more place than I can remember, but recall this time. I called my dad and told him I needed help. The next morning I was off to a program called Narconon.

Four months later and celebrating my 21st birthday in rehab, I decided to stay and work at the facility. Five years later after working and giving back to others who struggled with addiction, I moved on. It has been 14 years since drug rehabilitation. There have been some low points, but I had the ability to overcome it. Today I have a beautiful wife, an amazing son and the knowledge to know I control the outcome for what happens next. I do not consider myself an addict or someone who is recovery. I am someone who will take responsibility for his life, and that started with asking for help.

 

Nick H.

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