I struggled with addiction for 25 years. It started at the age of 13 with alcohol and progressed to nearly every drug over time. I lost countless jobs, ruined many relationships, and nearly lost my life. I’ve been to jail several times, and couldn’t connect my using to all of these negative consequences happening.
Throughout my addiction, my mother never gave up hope and prayed for me daily. I believe those prayers kept me alive long enough to enter recovery. Since getting clean and sober, I enrolled in college and graduated at the age of 42 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bloomsburg University in 2010.
I now provide outpatient counseling to those suffering from substance use disorder, and I also am a Facility Director for three outpatient locations for my company. I now have custody of my 4-year-old granddaughter due to my step-daughter’s current opiate addiction. I am blessed to be able to provide love and stability for her. It would not have been possible less than 10 years ago.
This is why I am sharing my story. My life continues to get better every day, and this is only possible by living one day at a time, without the use of substances.