I’ve struggled with addiction for most of my life, starting sometime during
highschool. It started with peer pressures to smoke cigarettes, then progressed
to alcohol and pot. It eventually turned into a daily ritual and ended with me
skipping classes, dropping out of sports teams, and some trouble with the law.
At first, this didn’t seem to be a problem because I was able to hold a job, I fell
in love, and started a family. After my relationship ended, I started to make bad
Depression, anguish, anger, and self-pity became my best friends. I tried to live
with these feelings, trying to drink away the emotions, falling deeper into
alcoholism. Having no inhibitions, I discovered a new, better way of taking my
feelings away, I found heroin. Long story short, 10 years went by where I
basically lost everything in my life that made me happy. My career, my
possessions, almost all communication with my children and family, my self-
esteem, my pride, but most of all, my will to live were gone. I had become a
slave to my addiction that was leading towards one result…a slow, miserable,
and lonely death.
In a prayer of desperation, I asked for help and made the call to Discovery
House. Thankfully, by the grace of God, they called me back with a bed and the
opportunity to save my life. For the first time in many years, I finally have hope,
a chance to recover from addiction, and to learn to love myself once again.
Derek - 44 days in the house