New PSA: Share Your Story

Our new television PSA highlights true stories of people who have faced addiction and implores viewers to share their stories with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, because one person’s story of recovery can change someone else’s.

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    Barbara Wilcox

    August 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Hi. I am Barbara and I have been sober for 7 years. Alcohol took so much from me and it doesn’t give anything back. My husband at the time, my mother and my father had passed away with a three year period. I knew my father was an alcoholic and that kept me away from drinking until then. I drank heavily for about 10 years. I wanted to quit, but couldn’t on my own. I gave it a shot and after two days, I had seizures and they rushed me to the hospital. There, I got sober with medical help. I don’t really remember that time, except it was scary. My new man and my family thought I would die or come out of it all messed up. Fortunately, that was not the case. I was able to stay sober with the help of my family and friends. Although I had to almost die to quit. Now life is happy, calm and I am healthy!!

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    August 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Hey everyone my name is ray, And my story begins in the year of 1991 meaning I’m only 23. .I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My parents would fight non stop and the only way my mother could deal with her abusive husband is through drugs and that’s when the real abuse towards me started, my brother was the golden child he could do nothing wrong but me on the other hand began to think I could do nothing right , I felt no resentment towards my brother though because he always was my number 1 cheerleader….skip forward a couple years my brothers friend introduced me to my first drug he was a pill popper and kept Trying to make make me believe those pills will change my life those pills would take away all the sadness and I’m not gonna lie they did being high made me feel like everyone else made the depression I had go away but from those pills lead to cocaine which was my favorite drug. .I made many attempts to quit but I always relapse right up untill my girlfriend at the time was pregnant with my daughter I was a young teen and I did everything to make the relationship work but my own demons took control and ruined another beautiful thing in my life…I vowed to myself I would never get high while my daughter was around but honestly being a single dad with no help and feeling like a failure just made my drug abuse even worse! The loneliness would take up my whole body…and during that time I had my first overdose. ..after my first overdose I tried quitting again and was doing pretty good I ended up falling inlove with another girl for a year and I thought finally I could have a normal life but once again my demons came back to the surface and I left her no choice but to leave me after many failed relationships, many lost jobs , no family Support I was in my deepest darkest point in my life I officially hit rock bottom ..I stopped eating, I eventually graduate from pills and coke to heroine I did anything I could to get my drugs no matter if it meant stealing, selling my own be loggings etc finally my breaking point was when I woke up once again in the hospital as my cousin was telling me I had another overdose and my daughter had found me in my cousin room not breathing or moving and I ended up losing custody of my daughter that year. …I then finally woke up and realized I have to change I then realized I broke my.promise my daughter has finally seen me.high. ..I quit weed, lower tabs, coke and heroine cold turkey and I’m proud to say I will be 3 years clean on Aug 10th and will be graduating from college with my associates degree in the spring of 2015 my dream is to be an addiction counselor! My daughter who i have regain custody of is now 5 going on 6 and is starting the first grade in sept in my journey I’ve lost my mother, father and brother…but the message I would like to be heard is that you will not forever be a junkie u will not be forever a prisoner of your drug of choice you have the power to take control of your own destiny ! Your journey doesn’t stop untill u lose breath in ur body so keep fighting and if you feel nobody is routing for you just know that iam! Thanks for reading my article

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    Evangelist Kisha Bridges-Ward

    July 31, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Drugs/alcohol took up residency in my life for 25 + years…I used uppers/downers, inners/outers…I had a saying if it was drinkable I drank it/if it was smoke able I smoked it & if it was pop able I popped them; drugs were my everyday life…I went through treatment after treatment, program after program, court orders & on my own; some worked while others assisted …they worked when I worked them; but my crutch was hearing I was an addict…that gave me an excuse to return to the drugs of choice; I would maintain a certain about of clean time & think okay one drink would be okay but after I got started one wasn’t enough & a thousand became too many…After years of going through that same revolving door, the root of the problem were from my childhood; I was molested, raped, abandon; rejected & abused & After I had gone through spiritual healing, assessing my triggers – people, places & things… I now have no desire to pick up a drink or drug…No it did not happen over night, the dreams persisted, the urges & the cravings came but I realized I had spent too years with those unresolved issues…so drugs/alcohol are no longer tenants; they have been evicted …I found a power greater than myself to restore me to sanity & He is my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ – He restored me to sanity; I live a drug/alcohol free life every second of every minute of every hour of everyday; weeks/months/years of being clean/healed/delivered & set free are now my closes friends. I learned through it all words are powerful; I thought I was an addict but nowhere in the BIBLE did I ever see it written I’m was an addict…He never saw me as being an addict, He saw me as being Fearfully & Wonderfully made in His eye – right now at this very moment, I live life to the fullest, without the use of drugs & alcohol.

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    July 15, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The longer I stay clean and sober, the more I have to lose if I relapse.

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    May 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I have 83 days sober today. After struggling with my admission to being an alcoholic for over 5 years ago, I have more strength and hope than ever. With my A A program, the 12 steps and the shear desire to be sober gets better and better with each passing day. The goal is to never give up, never lose hope for a better, brighter life ahead. Don’t be afraid of the work, life has never been better. One day at a time….

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