My name is Heather and my sobriety date is 7/28/2020, the day I arrived at Recovery Point Charleston. As a child, I always knew something was different about me. I spent my early teenage years always trying to fit in with other kids my age, but I never could find where I felt like I belonged. When I was thirteen, I took my first drink of alcohol. Finally, the void inside of me was filled and I felt like I’d found my place. All was well in the world and drinking became a weekend ritual for a few years.
When I was fifteen, I was sent to a doctor for anxiety. She prescribed me Xanax and I once again felt whole. I soon figured out that if I mixed alcohol and Xanax, all my problems would temporarily go away. This was my thing to do whenever I wanted to escape. This worked for a few years until my void grew bigger. One day, at the age of nineteen, I was introduced to heroin. That day I sold my soul to the devil. Heroin had taken over my life.
Over six years, heroin stole my children, my family, numerous jobs, and eventually my freedom. I was arrested on Federal charges for selling heroin in my hometown. The judicial system gave me chance after chance to do the right thing and stay sober. I would do well for a while, go to meetings, and play the part but I was doing it to get my paper signed. I never really wanted it for myself.
In January 2020, I relapsed again. This time I was sent to jail and sentenced to prison. I had given up and accepted my fate. Fortunately, they released me before I was transported to prison and my Federal Probation Officer told me I was going to Recovery Point Charleston. I knew I wanted change, and, on that day, I surrendered to the program.
My time at Recovery Point has not been easy. I have felt some deep growing pains. Although it has not been easy, I have learned how to trust other women and depend on them as well as how to be dependable. Most importantly, I have learned how to truly apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in my everyday life. I can apply the principles and help others to do the same. In my time being here, the promises have come true in my life. Because of Recovery Point, I have real relationships with friends, and I have my family back. Today, I can talk to my children and I am working on mending my relationship with them. I have self-respect today but most importantly I have my life back. I have true freedom from alcoholism and addiction. I know if I use the tools and resources Recovery Point has taught me and I go through life one day at a time, I will never have to drink or use again. I am grateful for AA and Recovery Point Charleston.