How Substance Abuse Changed My Life

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How Substance abuse made me who I am today

Substance abuse changed my life. I was addicted to drugs for such a long period of time, but alas I finally hit rock bottom. I lost everything that was important to me. This included my material possessions, my home, I even lost my friends and family, but worst of all I lost my self-respect. This situation got so out of control that I even ended up in jail and had to undergo a legal battle. Nothing hurt more than hitting “the rocks at the bottom”, but I am glad it did, it started my recovery process. I had to start over, start fresh in life. I lost so much respect from people and their trust. I lost my dignity. Drugs took everything that was important away from me, all the things that were important.
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I learned from the experience and took life more seriously and became more grateful. I gave myself a second chance. I sought professional help, and went to rehab. I then started to forgive myself, and started to move on which allowed me to become a better person. This life event left a stamp in my journey forever, but I wasn’t going to allow it to be the end of me.

Recovery from substance abuse gave me a second chance at life. After a period of time being clean from drugs my mind and body became normal again. I went to residential rehab for 21 days and completed the program and continued with their aftercare program of weekly group therapy meetings. I also took initiative and found a therapist to have personal sessions with. This therapy allowed me to express myself and talk about my problems which gave me a chance to release my
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I finally had the mind space to create a plan for my future. I encouraged myself to go back to school and get a college diploma. I wanted to become somebody doing something I liked. I researched programs and did some soul searching and discovered I wanted to get into medical aesthetics. I found a program in Hamilton that fit my needs and enrolled into it. I finished the program and received a college diploma with merit of honours! I also was a milestone setter for that school being the first ever male student to attend that program at their school. I was so proud of myself for all my achievements, but after I completed it I wanted to do more. I grew even bigger hopes and dreams. I decided I wanted to take my education further and become a nurse. I went to adult continuing education to upgrade some high school credits required for entry into the nursing program. I completed the academic upgrading and achieved a cumulative average of 90.25! I am ecstatic at the results I was able to perform. This however hasn’t stopped me as I returned for more academic upgrading to further increase my average. I am able to make all my dreams become reality because I chose life and not a slow death from drug abuse. I am grateful for this life event because it has taught me so much life skills and because it gave me a second chance at

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