Ending the Cycle For a Better Future
Meet Sonia Hurd. In this recovery story, our bloomer found herself struggling with substance use disorder and losing herself. Her path to peace means realizing her self worth and wanting to be a better example for her kids.
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I Met an Alcoholic
My use started around age 21 when I got myself involved with a man that was an alcoholic. At the time I didn’t know. I started drinking with him and when he started abusing me I used it to cope. Once I ended the relationship I kept using. I’ve struggled for years on and off and I’ve gotten help multiple times, sometimes because I was mandated to go and other times because I wanted to go. I’ve never had an issue getting treatment. Most of the time it was me holding myself back. The last time I had gotten a CPS case that lasted two years. At first, I was mandated but then I kept going because I wanted to go.
My main drug of choice has always been drinking. All I can say is that as a woman in recovery, getting clean is hard especially with kids. I’d like for them to know that we are people, that we don’t want to be addicts.
Just because we went down the wrong path we are still capable of getting clean and being productive, all we need is support and understanding. Click To Tweet
Recovery is Possible
I woke up one day and was feeling horrible from drinking. I hated myself and where I was in my life. I knew I deserved better and so did my children. I didn’t want to put my younger children through the same cycle as my older kids. My older ones were bigger and I haven’t really raised them. I’m fighting now to get them. I wanted better for myself so I stopped. I started taking the medication I was supposed to have been taking, began to be open and honest to my therapist and myself, and I enrolled in college. I’ve had enough hurt and pain. I want joy and peace. I want my kids to know it’s never too late to start over and begin your life.
Nothing is impossible.
If anyone feels like they are facing an opioid use disorder and needs help, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service in English and Spanish.