Many people have successfully recovered from drug and alcohol addiction and gone on to lead healthy substance free lives. They are to be commended because even though abstinence and recovery from drug abuse is achievable, it's not always easy.
There are so many young people today experimenting with drugs and alcohol and many have already found themselves in that dark dreadful place you were once in. They don't even realize what they've done to themselves yet. They have no idea what life of drug addiction has in store for them yet, but you do.
You've been there and you worked hard to get where you are now, free from drugs or alcohol. Sharing your stories with others can make a huge difference in their lives as well as your own. Young people are going to listen to what you have to say because you've used drugs or alcohol, you lived with and struggled through addiction and you have recovered. You're able to tell young people first-hand where experimental drug use will get them and what addiction is really like.
Your experience with drug use and addiction can impact young people in a way you never thought possible because you know what you're talking about. Children and young people aren't reading it out of a book or listening to their parents say 'just say no to drugs', they're listening to your words, what you went through, everything you have to say.
Giving to others what you worked so hard to achieve (your recovery) is priceless and even if it only saves one person from addiction that's monumental. Many recovering addicts have given their priceless addiction and recovery experiences and stories to others in schools, churches, children's homes and drug treatment recovery centers. Many successful drug treatment facilities are either owned or run by recovering addicts because they want to give to others what they worked so hard to achieve, Recovery.
Volunteering to speak in schools or drug halfway houses is a wonderful way to give what you have achieved to someone else in hopes of making a difference in their life. To save someone from making some of the same mistakes you made is honorable and will strengthen your recovery at the same time. A drug halfway house is a rehab center for teenagers that abuse drugs or suffer from drug addiction. Your addiction and recovery experiences can make an impact on these young teens before it's too late for them.
If you or someone you know has recovered from addiction to drugs or alcohol, think about giving back. Think about making a difference in someone's life that needs your experience and stories. We're all here on this earth for different reasons and helping to save someone else from addiction, overdose, or death may be yours!
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