Overcoming Abuse and Opioid Addiction
Meet Chakia Davenport. In this recovery story, our bloomer became addicted to opioids due to an abusive relationship in high school. Her children were the driving force behind her decision to end opioid addiction.
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How I Became Addicted to Opioids
It all began after high school. I moved out on my own, and the world was heavy. I was dating a guy who used to sell opioids, so I had them at hand anytime. At first, I used opioids when I really was in physical pain. Then, my boyfriend became the pain. I would take them when he hit me so I started using opioids more often. I got support when people around me started to notice my weight loss and me becoming distant.
Recovering for My Kids
My journey has been hard, but my kids make it easier. They are the reason I’m clean. I struggled with infertility for years. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I had to fight because I had something to live for. There are hard days, but I promise they do get better.
When I found out I was pregnant again, I wanted to breastfeed. That’s why I had to stay clean. I knew my kids deserve a chance that no one gave me.There’s always a way to help. Don’t be afraid to say “I need help” or don’t be afraid to offer help if you see someone who needs help. Be a listener. Click To Tweet
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.
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An abusive relationship started a painful opioid addiction. Her children gave her courage to commit to healing.