From Addiction to Recovery

Hi my name is Melissa and I am 41 years old. When I was 19 my first born passed away and I didn’t know what to do so I turned to alcohol. After being in the psych ward for trying to commit suicide I thought everything would be better. And actually it did I got pregnant at the age of 20 and went to school for medical assisting. Life was good. The years passed and I got pregnant agaoin with my youngest son Marshall. He was a special needs child. He was doing so good with his therapy. Then one night in March of 2005 he got a temperature of 105. I took him straight to Children’s hospital, but it wasn’t enough. After being there for a day my baby boy’s major organs shut down and he too was gone. I was 25 years old and was devasted. I was made at God and angry with the world because I didn’t understand how I could lose two sons when there are parents out there that kill their children. So I started drinking again and ended up back in the psych ward. Then everything changed in 2007, that’s when I found the love of my life, HEROIN. I say it was the love of my life because it took all the pain away, I didn’t have to deal with my emotions, the loss of my two precious baby boys, the fact that my sons’ dad took my other son across the country. It made everything better, well so I thought. Over the next 10 years was a blur. I did things I regret and hurt people that I love because heroin took over my life. On May 30, 2017 heroin took my life. I was dead for 10 minutes. I was Narcan twice and when I came back there was a nurse on top of me giving me chest compressions. That’s when I realized I needed to do something different. I could either continue to use and die or stop and live my life. I chose life over death.

May 31, 2017 is my clean date. I have 39 months cleawn now and I wrote and published a book and am a founder of Wings of Recovery Network, Inc. We started this nonprofit because getting clean is NOT easy. It’s an everyday struggle. People who do not understand addiction belive that it’s a choice, but it’s not a choice after the first time of use. It’s a neccessity to live. We want to help others realize thought that there is a life without drugs and alcohol. A life where you can truly be happy. Yes there will be bad times but nothing is as bad as laying under a bridge, going through withdrawals, trying to stay warm in the middle of winter. What we do is help a person make that first step of Recovery. We help with getting them resources to different facilities that will treat them whether they have insurance or not. And with your donation we are able to help pay for partial treatment, fly them to a facility that they’ve been accepted to, get scholarships, or pay partial payment for sober living.

If you know anyone struggling with substance abuse or if you are struggling please reach out to us. If you want to help then donate and help change someone’s life. Every dollar counts, whether it’s $5.00 or $5,000.00, it all helps that one person get a chance to change and live a life of Recovery. Help us Make Recovery the New Epidemic and stop this stigma.

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