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Stories of HOPE

At HOPE Sheds Light, we are all about channeling love, hope and compassion. You are just a few clicks away from reading someone’s heartrending and compelling story. May you find hope and encouragement through the families and friends of those faced with the struggles of addiction. If you have a story of your own to share, we encourage you to do so here.

I started drinking at age 11 after experiencing that alcohol made me numb to my Mom’s death. I wasn’t drinking every day, but at 16, I was drinking every weekend. My first DUI was at age 17, but I continued to drink and started drugging also.
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I was blessed to have been trained by one of the top Behavioral Psychologists in the world, Dr. Robert Meeker. My younger son has severe back injuries and fell victim to pain medications and all the trappings that follow.
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I am grateful every day and very proud of my 15 years of sobriety. I work to stay clean and sober and am always glad to share what helped me get and remain sober.
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An “Oldtimer” is a person who gets sober, stays sober and dies sober. Hence, as I am writing, I do not qualify for this. I am however, an oldtimer. I began my journey in a daze of denial and even with 10 years clean and sober, picked up again. If not for the FOUNDER of HopeShedsLight, I know I would not be here today.
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On September 19th, 2012 there was no longer a lie to believe. I was used to no avail, but fear of sobriety hindered me. There was a mustard seed planted about sobriety, and a microscopic particle of willingness inside of me to pursue this life. September 19th was my first day with clean urine, I arrived in rehab 4 days prior, detoxing almost cold turkey, under a doctor’s supervision. God landed me in that rehab. I say this because it contradicted everything my will intended for me. I could not keep me sober, and I still cannot keep myself sober.
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