I started using drugs in my early teens, and by my late teens, things had gotten so bad I wanted to quit drugs. I tried on my own for a couple years, but it was starting to become clear that I could not do it on my own. I decided to try treatment, where I learned that in order to stay clean I had to change. But I wasn’t ready to do that. As things got progressively worse, I spent some time back and forth between treatment and recovery homes, until I had just about given up on being clean. I believed that treatment would never work for me, and there was no hope for me getting clean, I would live and die a junkie.
On May 18th, with the strong encouragement of a family friend, I decided I’d give treatment one last chance. That friend dropped me off at the Last Door, and I was instantly welcomed into a group session among people who I would soon form meaningful friendships with that I still hold to this day. I was told “welcome home”, and for one of the first times in my life, I felt home. I told myself “this time I will do whatever it takes to stay clean”. This time I was willing to change. Over the 6 months I spent at The Last Door, I completed a set of steps, I worked with a sponsor, and formed a solid support group of friends. Living clean was not only possible, but it was a lot of fun.
Today I have everything I could ever ask for from life. I’m 18 months clean, and it’s not a struggle to live without drugs. That alone is a miracle I never would have thought possible 18 months ago. I have good relationships with family, and friends, I have a job that I love, and I have plans for school and everything seems to be falling right into place for me. Today I am following my dreams and I can truly say that without The Last Door, and the staff there, none of this would have been possible for me.