Rehab Aftercare Works for Any Age!

A chain of events lead me to getting sober at a young age and I have been on a journey ever since. I started getting high at a young age so it fits that I got sober at a young age and was given a second chance at a successful life. By the time I got sober I was so broken emotionally and spiritually that anything positive in my future seemed unattainable and so distant that I couldn’t even imagine it. I got hit with drug possession charges at 16 and that was the first time I had any repercussions for my actions.

I got high every day from the time I was 13 until I turned 18 and to me it was just another bump in the road. This is when I started to see a downward spiral in my life. Everyone who I surrounded myself with got high like me and every other priority in my life went to the side. After a while I hardly left my house because of the fear of getting arrested one more time. I would rather be alone and get high so that I didn’t have to deal with anyone. This carried on and after a while it became too much to the point where I was not going to school and I got high openly in my house.

This lifestyle seemed so attractive to me when I first started getting high, but by the end of my run I was so disgusted with my life and so tired of it that I thought death was the only answer. After more circumstances and family disputes about my drinking and using I finally put my hands up and gave in. Long story short, I ended up in rehab back in Chicago. The whole time there my attitude was for me to take a little bit of time and regroup my thoughts so that I could get high again, successfully. I was resistant to coming out to California, but through God doing for me what I could not do for myself, I ended up out here. When I started talking to the guys who lived at New Life rehab aftercare, I saw that all of them had something I didn’t. They were confident and comfortable in their own skin and had a direction in life. I still did not know if I wanted sobriety. I thought that I was too young and that my life had way more addiction in store for me. I convinced myself that I wasn’t as bad as the guys here because I didn’t do as hard of drugs as they did. I convinced myself that I had a problem, but this couldn’t work for me because I was too young and I needed to get high longer and then come back later. All of this was not true.

Today things have changed for me. I have been taken to young people’s meetings all over LA and this lifestyle has become attractive to me. I like being a responsible young adult and having a relationship with my family. I enjoy remembering every night and being clear and alert during the day so that I can be of more service and harder working. I love my community of people who I live with in rehab aftercare and who I see at young people’s meetings all over the place. I’ve experienced so much at A.A. dances, events and family events with my peers, and staying sober through it all. I have fun every day and to go along with life. I have a job and a direction for my life. My life is more manageable and joyful than it’s ever been and the best years are still to come. I never thought that my life would look the way that it does today, and it’s better than I could have imagined. Through getting sober at 18 I have years of freedom and happiness ahead of me, and many people who will there with me for the journey.

  • Robin Hilton-Folk
    Posted at 20:22h, 25 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experience, strength and hope. Your story is very powerful and can help alot of young people. Your words offer hope.

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