Former Heroin Addict Feels Unstoppable
Alaska has one of the worst heroin problems in the entire U.S. but just like everywhere else in the U.S., the problem often start with prescription drugs. In Jane’s case, she was misdiagnosed and started self-medicating. First with marijuana, then hydrocodone, then oxycontin, and then heroin. How did Jane get sober?
Jane – a fictitious name of a woman recently featured on KTUU news in Anchorage – had an early start. She hadn’t been completely sober since she was 12. But it was the prescription drugs that turned her into an addict.
While heroin took away her physical pain as well as the emotional pain of everyday problems and everyday issues of life,
Jane said it also took away her control and her desire for life.
Eventually, Jane lost everything. She was homeless, and lost custody of her kids.
“Not having my daughter in my life was a major defeat,” she said. “Knowing the drugs took me to a place where I couldn’t be a mother.”
Jane decided to get off drugs.
“I wanted to be happy. Wanted to be with my kids. Wanted to be successful and take care of them.”
And she didn’t want to die.
Jane has now been sober since June 27, 2014.
“If I can overcome drug use, I can do anything. I feel unstoppable. There’s no comparison to being sober.”
Many addicts don’t get help because they can’t get up to the point of helping themselves. For Jane, her drive to be happy and be with her kids was strong enough to look for help. She did everything she could. She found every resource available in her community and with their help, she won.
Sometimes you just have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and take the help that’s offered. Don’t expect it to be overnight, it’s going to take time, it’s going to take work.
Do you want your life back? Do you want to feel unstoppable?
Anyone can do it.
If you need help, give us a call.