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I was 32 years old when addiction started to tear my life apart. I was happily married with two beautiful girls. After the birth of my second child I was given prescription opioid medications to help manage the pain.
I didn't realize it at the time but I found myself continuing to take the pills long after I needed to. I was chasing the high they were giving me, I wasn't acting normal and it became a shell of the caring mother I once was. My husband couldn't rely on me, our children stop being my priority. I would drive high with my kids in the car. He didn't think they were safe with me anymore and you know what, he was right. I wanted so bad to be a good mother.
I ended up going in and out of five different treatment centers. I relapsed every time eventually my husband had enough, filed for divorce and my kids were taken away from me. I'm glad I didn't give up though, I called just to speak with someone. I didn't know what else to do but the person on the other end of the line did.
They found me a program that was right for me. I'm back on my feet now, I've been clean for 22 months my kids have their mom back. I'm taking it one day at a time and it's working. I'm following the steps and coping skills that they taught me, and I owe it all to making that one phone call.
* 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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