The Twelve Steps Saved My Life

7 years ago I was hopelessly addicted to heroin & benzos and living in a homeless shelter.

My life was in shambles. I was unemployed & unemployable, my son had been removed from our custody, my family wouldn’t speak with me & I my license was suspended. I became a “frequent flyer” at the county jail. Every waking hour consisted of getting loaded & finding my next fix.

I knew I needed serious help but didn’t know what to do. My outpatient counselor said, “dude, you need inpatient treatment.” I had no valid argument against his suggestion & went. Detox was rough! But I made it.

I got connected with a 12 step group, picked up a sponsor & a service position, went to meetings every day & didn’t get loaded in between.

My clean date is August 3, 2012 and life isn’t perfect but its a hell of a lot better than it was. My son is back with us, I have a great relationship with my family, I have a drivers license, I have worked for the same company for 5 years and just got a nice promotion & I take a 12 step meeting into the prison near me every week.

It’s been difficult at times but it does get easier and life is a gift that I don’t take for granted anymore. If I can get clean…anyone can get clean!