Dana’s Story - Overcoming Addiction

My name is Dana.
I am a beautiful 27 year old women.
I am a daughter, sister, and friend.
I am smart, happy and funny.
I am an Ohio sports fan and love to wear tie-dye.
And.. I am a recovering heroin addict.

I grew up in a drug free family. I had everything I needed or wanted. I was told when I walked into a room I made it just a little brighter. I was always making people laugh and you would often find me in some kind of "Dennis the Menace" situation. I made decent grades and although I challenged most of my teachers I think they had a soft spot for me.

I was competitive and tried to be better than the best. Most of the time I accomplished whatever I wanted with little regard for whoever I stepped on or hurt. Eventually the person I had become wasn't the person I wanted to be. I was mean, rude and souless. By the time I reached my 21st birthday I was a full on disaster. I started drinking more. I smoked pot and hung out with a dangerous crowd. I also started dating a girl who would change me for the rest of my life.

Tiff was beautiful. She smelled of something breathtaking. I don't know what connected us but for 7 months she and I would become Thelma and Louise. I can't explain the darkness we experienced together. I changed from being a 21 year-old girl to a 21 year-old full blown heroin addict. My life took a turn for the worse. I was shooting a brownish cooked powder into my veins, stealing money from my best friends and over drafting my bank account. I knew Tiff and I needed help but we each took a different path seeking treatment.

I was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to prison. I lost friends, hurt my family and I lost myself. I could never figure out why a girl that had everything threw her life away. In rehab I had to face the one person who destroyed everything I used to be. I had to face myself.

Today, I live in San Antonio, Texas. I have been sober for 5 1/2 years. I now appreciate life and how beautiful it is to be sober and clean. I have friends and family that love me and tell me every day that I've inspired them.

Sadly, three years ago, Tiffany passed away from a heroin overdose. Her death has motivated me to live everyday to the fullest. I promised myself I would take Tiffany in my heart everywhere I go and so far I haven't broken that promise.

I am Dana and I am a survivor. I will always be in recovery. If my story saves even one person from addiction, I'll share it everyday for the rest of my life.

You have the power of choice. Make the right decision!

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