I can only imagine how it feels to have the son that you raised, fed, clothed and supported turn around and start stealing, lying and manipulating. By the time I was 23 years old, I was a felon who had been incarcerated four times and had four stays in rehab. Existence was miserable. I woke up every single morning wishing I hadn't. My own consciousness had become a prison in which I could only escape by being high or asleep.
It was only through an extensive and painful trial and error process that I was finally brought to a point of open-mindedness and willingness to accept treatment and recovery. I came into treatment entirely broken and lost. I trusted them to help me and they provided the environment that I needed. As long as I stay clean, the possibilities are endless.
My message to others who are struggling: give recovery a chance. You'll be astounded how quickly and dramatically your life can improve. Today, I am proud to be part of the We Do Recover Movement. 24 million Americans are living in addiction, and only 2 million seek treatment. I urge you to be one of those 2 million.