Sharneal's Journey

What is your sober date? Tell us a short paragraph on how you are living your best life now post addiction and recovery?

My sober date is August 6, 2018. I have been attending meetings every single day and I have also opened up to my sponsor about the things that are going on. I truly believe now that I can live this wonderful life and be proud of how far I've come. I have recently just got a job and I look forward to making my life meaningful again! I have a purpose in this world and I look forward to what the future holds for me!

How did addiction keep you from living your best life?

My addiction kept me from living my life because I was so far gone. I reached my 18 months clean and sober and then relapsed for 3 months straight. I lost my job, I lost absolutely everything. My family came and got me, threw me in detox in another city, and I was left to pick up the pieces in my 10 short days in detox. I have my family to thank for that now because I wouldn't be where I am today or even close had I continued the path to destruction. I had time to be an adult and that was my time. I will be forever grateful for them.

What and who guided you toward an addiction free journey?

Truly the first time I ever got clean and sober I had enough. I was ready to quit. I attended meetings regularly, I had a sponsor I was doing everything I could. And then I got a boyfriend, became complacent to the program cause I was happy and in love. Until things began to go sour in our relationship and I had no one to turn to but drugs/alcohol. This time was me too. I remember walking to my cousins house and saying "Nicole, please help me. I need help." The fellowship where I live now is absolutely amazing and I am so grateful and blessed to have this as part of my life now.

What plan and steps did you take to get out of addiction?

I remember being high and getting down on my hands and knees and saying "God, please help me." My sister came and gave me a ride to detox 3.5 hours away and I spent 10 days in detox. While in detox I found a place to live, how I was going to get some income, and be stable myself. About 2-3 weeks after detox I found a sponsor, was going to meetings regularly and living the good life. Since then I have changed sponsors, found a job, attend meetings everyday, and have only sober people in my contacts as friends!

When did you decide it was time to take action?

I used to be one of those people who said I would never do meth...ever. However my last weekend of doing drugs and drinking I smoked meth and to my knowledge even injected it. However the nurse at the hospital said there were no track marks in my arms. I was so out of it, I wasn't making any sense, and I looked like a ghost when I showed up at my cousins door. I had already prayed to God to help me, and I truly wanted the help myself.

What was at stake if you didn't take these actions to get sober?

My life was at stake if I didn't take the actions to get sober. One more use in me and I probably would have been dead. My family is another thing that I would no longer have if I didnt get clean and sober, and my family means the world to me. I may have wronged a lot of people in my past, but I know a time will come when I can hopefully make ammends to those people and accept there decision no matter what that decision is.

For someone in the same situation as you were who wants to get clean, what would you want to tell them?

First and foremost do it a day at a time. I have had the privilege to help 2 people in the program who have relapsed and are now back in recovery. A few things I said to them were that you are the only one who can make that decision for yourself, you know exactly what you need to do ( if you've been in recovery before) and reach out if you are ever struggling. I can't stress how important it is to reach out and know you are loved!!

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