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Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by GratefulFred84, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. Hey Everyone,
    I struggled with addiction most of my adult life. I have been sober for the past six months but it has been tough. I started like most addicts in my teens and quickly realized I was different then most of my other peers that were able to have fun and then move on with their lives. Addiction consumed me, and I quickly moved from social drugs like pot or alcohol to cocaine and heroin. By my 20’s I was a full blow IV drug user and had been in and out of rehabs many times.

    Since then I have struggled with heroin and meth addictions but have worked hard on sobriety and continue to move forward. I know that my addiction is trying to kill me, it almost has a few times, but every time I slip I pick myself up. I’m happy I found this community and hope I can aid those that are also struggling and find support when I’m in times of need.
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  2. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    Glad to hearing you are coming here for some help to get you get out of those addictions you have been struggling with.

    Most of us have been hooked up in addictions and found our way to get clean and go through the recovery pathway, this is why we are always open to help other coming along with us to this pathway to gain sobriety back.

    You definitely can count with our helping hands in need times when you feel like drugs are trying to get you back, or simply when you want to chat.

    Welcome to the forum :)
  3. llfsa

    llfsa Member

    First of all, welcome to this wonderful community, wise choice joining us!

    It's always good to have some sort of motivational source and that's what we're here for. Remind yourself that you deserve an opportunity, so let yourself have it and be very resilient as soon as the urge to consume starts to present itself.

    Please do share your experiences with us, everyone here would be glad to hear them.
  4. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Welcome to the forums. There are so many wonderful people here to talk to and to seek advice from. You made a smart choice by joining the forum.
  5. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Welcome to the forum - thank you for joining us and for sharing your story.

    I have no doubt that you're going to be able to inspire others going through the same journey as you. I liked that your story was very real and you mentioned slipping up but being able to pick up the pieces and move forward. Such an important part of the process, I would say that mindset is essential to recovery. It's never going to be a road completely free of slip ups and that is crucial to remember.

    Keep us posted with how you're doing and I'm looking forward to seeing you around the forum boards!
  6. Danyell

    Danyell Community Champion

    @GratefulFred84 thankyou for posting and sharing a little bit of your story. I am a IV heroin addict and still using. It is great being able to see that recovery is possible. Keep up the good work! And thank you once more!
  7. dayyad

    dayyad Member

    Hey guys i'm also new and past user. I feel very encouraged by the firm community here. I really look forward to joining the rest of you to help me in my very own journey to sobriety. :)
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  8. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    Hi @GratefulFred84 and @dayyad! :) Welcome to this awesome forum guys!

    Anyway, as the others have said, thank you for sharing your story and I'm glad that you have been sober for 6 months now. You have shown that through all the relapses and struggles of beating addiction, there is always hope. As long as you don't give up, you will eventually win the battle over addiction. It's a constant battle but you'll soon win over it with great determination and patience. Keep it up! :)
  9. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @GratefulFred84 and @dayyad... Welcome to the forum and thanks so much for sharing with us.

    GratefulFred, it's really great that you have 6 months of sobriety under your belt. Congratulations on that!! Please keep in mind that nobody's perfect (newsflash, right?). So if you've slipped up in the past--and even if you slip up in the future--don't look at it as a total failure. What matters the most is how you handle the relapse. Remember that recovery is a journey...not a destination. There may very well be bumps on the road to recovery, but if you fall down and pick yourself back up, that's what counts. Just keep doing the next right thing.

    Dayyad... Congrats on your sobriety, too! I'm glad you're encouraged by our community. We are here to support and help people without judging them. We want people to feel comfortable here, and I'm glad you do.

    Keep coming back whenever you want to, guys. And feel free to offer up your support to others! :)
  10. queend17

    queend17 Active Contributor

    Congrats on being 6 months sober, and even if you slip up it doesn't mean that it's the end of the world, just keep moving and no matter what even if you look back and see it creeping back up on just note you have nothing to fear so long as you keep moving forward...
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  11. artyarson

    artyarson Active Contributor

    Welcome to the forum, Fred. I'm so glad to know you've realized that drugs are nothing but the path leading you straight to the grave. Keep on fighting. I believe in you! Hope, we will see another message from you saying that you're now sober for 1+ year.
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  12. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Welcome to the group. I am glad that you found us here. The people here are very supportive and are always there for you when you need them. They have helped me so much. I don't know where I would be without them. Congratulations on six months clean. That is a great accomplishment. Just keep doing what you are doing and before you know it years will have passed and your life will be in a much better place! May your story serve as inspiration to others who are struggling with the same addictions!
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  13. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    @GratefulFred84 Hello and welcome to this forum! Like what the other members of this forum had said thank you for sharing your story with us here. And I am glad to tell you that you had came to the right forum of non judgmental people and who are always there to listen to all your stories and to give the best advice that they can in order to lift up your spirits and to motivate all of you that there is still a new life after recovering from any kind of addictions. Well just be strong in your faith that you will fully recover and all the best and congratulations for being sober for 6 months and it is a great achievement already.
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  14. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Hello there, @GratefulFred84! Welcome to the forum, and thanks for sharing. We're really glad that you have joined us here, and it's great to hear that you have now been sober for around 6 months. Wow, kudos to you for a job well done! :) I know it's pretty hard, but I am sure you can get through these issues. Just stay focused, and keep yourself motivated. All the best!
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  15. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I hope you are able to stay sober and nice to know that you were able to make it for 6 months. That can already motivate others who also struggling with addiction that it is still possible to be sober no matter how long you have been into addiction.
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  16. Shenwil

    Shenwil Senior Contributor

    Hi, I'm happy you realize the effect your addiction has had on your life. I really hope you have been able to keep up with your sobriety and help others recover too.
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  17. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Thanks for sharing Grateful Fred and being a part of this group. I htink that you will find this group to be helpful and supportive, and can allow you to work on the factors that led to your addiction and help you stay sober. This is a supportive and non judgmental place to be.
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  18. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    Well you have a ton of support here! So happy for you on your 6 months. Keep it up :)
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  19. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    Congrats for being sober for 6 months, you are doing a good job, keep it up! May your story serve as an example that full blown addicts can actually get sober with will and determination, just like what you did! Keep up the good work and turn your back on drugs forever!
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  20. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    Hello, welcome to this forum!
    I'm really glad that you're trying to overcome your addiction, and as you have said is not an easy thing to do, so congrats for making that big decision.
    It's always good to share your experiences with people, especially those who have or are going through the same process as you, so feel free to post anything you want here! :)
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