Living in Hell

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Nine months ago today I was living in hell. I'm Katie and I'm a recovering addict. I'm celebrating nine months on my 19th birthday and it's the best feeling in the world. While using I treated those who meant the world to me like garbage. I lied, stole, cheated and manipulated people to get what I wanted. I ended up homeless and alone. Just me and my needle filled with drugs. I did a lot of things I'm not proud of but today I can say that that isn't me anymore. Using drugs intravenously caused me to have hepatitis c which is not curable and can make you very sick. I'm taking control of my life today and I'm proud of myself.

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    June 17, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    AWESOME!! You should be proud! Stay strong and G-d bless!!

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    June 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I’m 45 and have been off Opiates for 8 years/Alcohol for 5. I’ve never felt better. I enjoy my life now. My advice and warning is this. After a couple years will be the most dangerous for relapse. You forget the chase. The horror of dope sickness. The sleepless nights that never end with your skin crawling, laying in your sweat drenched sheets. Living Hell as you correctly put it. Those memories will fade. Your addiction will make you forget that. The memories of getting high remain. When the opportunity to get high finds you, and it will, remember in detail one of the worst times being sick. Hopefully the urge will fade. It will be hard. I hope the advice of a doper who made it to the other side and found happiness living sober will help you. Good Luck.

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    May 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    You’re awesome. I’m 19 and I just celebrated a year. It’s crazy. It’s so difficult to stay clean when it feels like everyone my age around me is using. Just wanted to say congrats. Keep it up.

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    Bob S.

    May 18, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    Thank you Katie for sharing. I’ve been in an out if recovery for years. My last relapse led to hep c and prison. I have a good idea of what you feel and are going to face. Being young and in recovery can be difficult but it will also be one of the best things in your life. Give yourself a break and take it one day at a time… Seriously!
    Take care and thanks again!
    Bob a grateful recovering addict

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