Hi, I’m Chad, and I’m a recovering drug addict.
Visiting my mom and dad Sunday, we were discussing my dad’s knee replacement surgery (it was this afternoon and he came through it fine). When I got up to go to the bathroom, on the countertop next to the sink was a prescription for 10mg percocet. As most of you know, pain pills is my DOC, but finding them this time was different. This time, I had no opioid antagonist in my system, so there was nothing to stop me from that wonderful euphoric feeling that led me down the path to almost complete destruction. What I did have was 469 days clean. I had the memories of my attempted suicide, the withdrawals, the struggle to keep clean at the beginning of my sobriety when I left the residential treatment center and sober living environment. I also had my consequences card that I looked at to remind myself what would happen if I used, even once, again. I reached out to someone and let them know what had just happened so I followed my own advice of NEVER CRAVE ALONE.
Today, I’m 471 days clean. I’m not a superhero and I’m not a perfect man. What I am is a recovering drug addict that has the willpower to say no. I know that one is too many and a thousand is never enough. What I am is living proof that we do recovery, and if you want sobriety bad enough, you can have it too. It’s not easy, but it’s not always difficult. It starts by telling yourself not one drink, not one pill, not one joint, not one anything. NEVER CRAVE ALONE
I’m Chad and I’m a recovering drug addict.