September 10, 2012
Expository Writing-Final Draft
How I Overcame My Drug Addiction
I’d like to begin by stating a simple fact about overcoming drug addiction. When you’re struggling with drug addiction, sobriety can seem like an impossible goal. The road to recovery doesn’t have an Atlas to follow. What works for one person, may not be feasible for another. I’d like to think of my process as being unique, meaning that it was tailored just for me. Ultimately, recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless your situation seems.
I know, I was that hopeless situation. I was so hopeless, the concept of ‘living a sober life,’ wasn’t even on my list of goals, past or future …..I had a drug problem for the last 33 years, up until about 4 years ago. I will describe the process of how I overcame my addiction.
For many people struggling with addiction, the biggest and toughest step towards recovery is the first one: Admitting that there is a problem, and be willing and open to change.
That’s where my 1st Step came into focus. I was aware that a drug problem existed, but wasn’t willing to even think about a change. When it came to Meth, I also knew that deep down inside myself, I was powerless, and that my life had become unmanageable. So the Denver Metro Task Force and the SWAT team made that decision for me. Within the short time frame of a few hours, my life, and everything in it, including my family and animals were ripped away from me, as I was put in jail on Manufacturing charges, with a $75,000 bond. I was down for the long haul.
There is no magic bullet or single treatment that works for everyone. Drug treatment is not a quick and easy process. Basically, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you’ll need. Unfortunately, most people won’t get help until they are desperate and have run out...