My name is Doug T. and I’m a recovering addict. This is my story.
My earliest experience with using is when I was 13 years old and my Dad gave me a Papst Blue Ribbon Beer at a Labor Day cookout. Hated the taste but, loved the feeling. Later I got sick and vomited it up. I did the addict anthem of I’ll never do that again..right.
It wasn’t until I was 15 that I experienced drugs. I started with pot. I smoked pot and nothing else till I was 17 then I got introduced to cocaine (snorted powder). By the way I left home at 15 and a half. My disease progressed to speed, pcp, mda, acid, qualudes, placidill, and opiated hash. Of all of these I fell in love with speed/acid combo and alcohol (Miller and later Genuine Draft) or whiskey( Jack Daniels, Seagram’s 7). Also, went to concerts and would party at the concert.
Well you get the picture, I was a party animal.
What happened was I had been drinking Miller Genuine Draft and listening to my favorite radio program (The Metal Storm). I got the bright idea to drive to the station and share some of my underground metal. Bad move. Well I never made it to the radio station. On the way back, my gas pedal stuck on me as I was on a two lane bridge with a car in front of me. All I could think of was if I could make it to the space just past the end of the bridge, I’d be ok.
I made it but flipped my car. Totaled it. I remember saying,”Oh shit there goes my license!” I argued with the cop about getting my blood alcohol tested. I blew a .15–one one hundreth away from an agrevated DUI. The reason I was partying was I got a promotion to Station Manager. Was the shortest-lived promotion. I got a DUI. It cost me $600 in court fees, $380 for a drug and alcohol class, would cost me $1,000 – $1,200 a year for a sr22 (proof of auto insurance), and 6 months of AA meetings.
It took me another two years of research and destruction to finally put the drugs and alcohol down. Since Jan. 1, 1990 I haven’t found it necessary to use drugs and alcohol. If I could stress the single most important thing it would be don’t use.
Also too, deal with not using one day at a time. If you focus on not using today, who knows how much clean time you could have.
My name is Doug T. How can I help?
* This story was submitted voluntarily to share hope and inspire others. This story is of their own experience and does not represent the point of view of Freedom From Addiction. Freedom From Addiction believes recovery is a personal journey and peoples experiences vary.
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