I was always one to shun drugs growing up. My mother and father were heavy drinkers and smokers. This was something I did not agree with and could never understand......Until I got out on my own. After joining the Army and never touching alcohol a day in my life, I began to drink everyday after work. I didn't see a problem with it as everyone else was doing it and it seemed to be the norm. I didn't think it was much of a problem considering I was deployed to Iraq and couldn't drink. I was ok with that at the time. Fast forward to the end of my deployment and coming back home, I immediately picked up on my old habits again , except this time I was much more deep into drugs. I began experimenting with opiates, Lortabs to be exact. I felt like it was the only thing to help calm me down and have a good day. I began taking about 7 a day. My face became gaunt, I was irrational and there was a great change in me. My superiors began to notice the change in me and I was confronted about it. Since I didn't want to get kicked out, I lied and said everything was ok. That was until I had a urinalysis and failed it miserably. Thankfully however, I was not kicked out and instead was sent to an outpatient facility to help with my addiction. After 1 year of treatment, I was back to my old self. I can honestly say that since 2009 I have been 100% sober. I thank my unit, family and friends for sticking by my side through my recovery. Without them, I couldn't have done it!