Shannon Huber | Survivor of Addiction
"When I think about how far I’ve come and what I’ve been able to do with my life, I’m blown away."
My drinking career started when I was nine. That’s when I blacked out for the first time, which is what happened almost every single time I drank after that. I was literally losing parts of my life.
As my addiction progressed, I got into other drugs. I would do absolutely anything to get high.
When my son was two, my first husband died of a cocaine overdose. That still wasn’t enough to get me to stop drinking. Addiction is a powerful and selfish disease.
I was in denial about my addiction because I didn’t have any legal problems. Finally, when I was 27, my parents convinced me to get a drug and alcohol addiction evaluation. I went, but I had absolutely no intention of committing to recovery.
After being placed in outpatient treatment, things slowly started falling in place for me. Little things started happening in my life, and I realized that I was very, very lucky.
Today, I have more than 25 years of recovery, and about 20 years of experience as a licensed addiction counselor.
I still take my recovery one day at a time, because I know there will always be roadblocks. I feel lucky every single day to be where I am. When I think about how far I’ve come and what I’ve been able to do with my life, I’m blown away.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through or how old you are. You can change your life for the better, whether you’re 15 or 85.
People get into longterm recovery every day. Reach out to anyone that you trust, and get the help you need.
There is hope for a better life!