I am writing this story with hopes that it can be of strength to those who are suffering from addiction. I am a 40 year old male. Since I was 23 years old, I have been using crystal meth. Consequently, I have lost many things during this time.
I First, let me say that at no point in my life did I choose the way my life turned out to be. I also know that you didn’t just one day decide to live every day of your life looking for the next fix, the next drink, the next high. I know that wasn’t your goal, neither was mine. But regardless of our intentions, we are now battling addiction. If you’re still out there, I want to let you know that you deserve better.
I set foot on American soil for the first time when I arrived at Los Angeles International Airport 20 years ago. Everything was strange and amusing at the same time. I traveled with people I first met in the States.
My life has three phases. Growing up one of four children to an alcoholic mother in the 60’s, I was always around alcohol. I had a moderately normal life due to the circumstances and life’s ups and downs.
It’s ok to ask for help Krystle’s Story
I was sixteen years old when I took a pill for the first time. Everyone was doing it. In the moment I thought it was the cool thing to do, the thing that everyone else was doing. But it became so much more.
I’m a 29 year old male and I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been dealing with alcoholism since I was 17. Alcohol has damaged my life completely.
It’s ok to ask for help Alex’s Story
In 2013, I left my friends and family behind and moved to Arizona for graduate school. I was excited to begin the next chapter in my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t adapt very well to living in a new state and soon became depressed without the support system of familiar people and struggled to build a new life in my new environment.