What is your sober date? Tell us a short paragraph on how you are living your best life now, post addiction & recovery.
My clean date is November 12, 1999. Before I got clean, my life consisted of using everyday, doing what I needed to do to get my drug of choice. Stealing, writing bad checks, staying away from home three to four days at a time, sometimes even weeks. Now, that I'm clean, my life is so much better. I have gotten my self respect back, my self esteem, I really love myself, my health is very good, i'm responsible, i'm very active in my recovery in every part of my life. I wake up with so much joy & gratitude and I thank God & NA for that.
How did addiction keep you from living your best life?
My addiction controlled every part of my life. It took away my family, my self respect, my morals & values, my self esteem, my soul.
What and who guided you toward an addiction free journey?
I had been on a crack binge for a week. I kept using, but I just couldn't get high any more, because deep down I wanted to stop, but I had lost all self control. There was something telling me, Ozella, if you continue down this path of using, & destruction, you will die. There I was in a crack house, just lost. At that very moment, I just closed my eyes, and started praying. That prayer opened the door & guided me to my recovery journey.
What plan and steps did you take to get out of addiction?
I remember this, as if it was yesterday. The last day I used was November 11, 1999. I went home, cleaned myself up, I looked in the mirror. I barely recognized myself. I just broke down, because the image I was looking at wasn't me. for the rest of that night, I prayed and ask God to give me the strength I need to get clean. The next day, November 12, 1999, I called the treatment center, spoke to the director, told her my situation, & I told her if I didn't get into treatment that day, I know I will die. Her response, was 'welcome home, Ozella', I'm sending someone to pick you up, I have a bed waiting for you. (truly a God's deal).
When did you decide it was time to take action?
On November 12, 1999, when I called the treatment center, and went into treatment on that day, that was the day I surrendered my will & my life. I was fed up, I was done using. I completed my ninety day treatment, and I have been clean ever since.
What was at stake for you if you didn't take these actions to get sober?
My life was at stake. I was knocking at death's door, and didn't realize it, until I got clean.
For someone in the same situation as you were, who wants to get clean, what would you want to tell them?
I would share my experience, strength, & hope with them, be there with them in every way that I can, because there was someone there for me. and besides, I can only keep what I have, by giving it away.
I began my brand new life & recovery, November 12, 1999, when I went into treatment and completed my ninety day treatment program, & have been clean ever since. Yes, of course, I have to live life on life's terms, things happen, life happens. That's what life is. I'm so grateful & thankful for my life & my recovery, I thank God, for NA. But what i'm most,, grateful & thankful for, is my very own personal relationship with the God of my own understanding and as a result I'm truly 'God's Makeover'.
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