After hearing about Positive Stories from a dear friend who wrote the inspiring book Trophy of Grace, I felt compelled to also share my testimony to inspire others who suffer in addiction and build community awareness of the issue.
If you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is, the book Trophy of Grace will become for you 'a ray of hope in a dark place'. The author didn't just write that book for herself, she wrote it for all of us who have suffered in addiction.
I was a heroin addict 6 years ago, but was fortunate enough to discover a pharmacotherapy program through an amazing doctor operating in South Brisbane. This doctor put me through what is known as rapid detox followed by an extended period of pharmacotherapy whilst in a Christian support house for 9 months.
It was in this difficult time that I faced my demons and made a decision that would forever change my life. It is difficult to articulate just how emotionally and physically challenging it was to leave behind the false comfort and facade of an artificial world I seeked to enter through a needle each day. What I did to enter that world and what that done to who I was as a person is not lost on me to this day.
I can say with assurance that I am dead to the person I was before. I am a new person with a fresh start and hope for the future. I have my good days and bad (more good), but I have never relapsed, not even once. I guess when you have lived in hell for so long that when you are given a chance to leave that place you never want to come back there again.
I have recently married and have an outstanding career in the corporate sector. When I look out my window at work, I find it amazing to think that just a few years ago I was there in the shadows destroying my life one shot at a time, the dregs of society, a total no hoper.
I don't tell many people about my background because I don't owe them an explanation about who I am. My penalty has been paid and I am no longer ashamed. I'm only telling you all that there is a way out.
A wise man once said that wide is the gate that leads to death and many are entering in it (the easy way), but narrow is the gate that leads to life and few find it. Why? Because we struggle to face reality, we're so very self deceived. Those of us who have made it have done so because we have faced the reality of ourselves and embraced what has needed to be done to change.
Thank you and God Bless