Monday, March 15, 2010

My Name is Sara and I'm an Addict

**submitted by Sara

My name is Sara and I'm an addict. I won't ever say recovering, because do we ever recover?

I'm 31 and about 12 years ago I started using heroin. Not pot, not booze, but heroin. I was the fat lil' nerd everyone loved to hate, and when a "friend" said, "Try this, it will make you thin," I jumped on it.

I went from 175 pounds (at 4'10") down to 95 lbs in a matter of months. I was happy with my looks, but when I was in a car crash that almost took my life and the life of my daughter, who was two at the time, I hit bottom. Or so I thought.

For two years after, I robbed, stole, and went to jail, all for dope. I didn't care who I hurt. When I went to jail, I was 70 pounds and had abscesses on my arms from shooting. Two years I spent in a cell, kicking. Yes, detoxing only lasted a few weeks. But for me, I wanted to get high, and I still do, but I met a great guy, got married, and now have two wonderful little girls.

There are days I wanna get high, but I don't because I don't want to go back to being 70 lbs, and I love life too much to get high.


  1. Thank you for sharing your story Sara. One thing I learned in treatment was that my addiction to alcohol is just the same as everyone else's addiction to anything else: pain killers, crack, meth, heroin, whatever. Thank you for being so brave!

  2. Thanks for this, Sara.

    It sounds like life is loving you right back.

  3. "I love life too much to get high."
    This is it... the reason. Seeing that is a gift.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, for sharing you with us.

  4. You are so brave to share your story - please know it helped me today. Truly.