I watched my husband die from drugs, and now my daughter was headed down the same path. When I saw that Nicole had progressed to opiates, it was shocking to me and I would just cry.
Nicole was a happy, easy-going child. She started using drugs right after her father died from a drug overdose. She took anything that would help her disconnect, but primarily alcohol, Xanax and Oxy. After everything we had been through, I could not accept that my child was that sick and I had no idea how to get her well.
My low point was being called out as an enabler during a family counseling session. I told Nicole right there that I would do whatever it took to help her get clean, or she could not live in our home anymore.
She left home for about a month and found her own rock-bottom.
Only then did she agree to complete a treatment program. She was finally successful on her third visit to rehab. Nicole comments, "[Recovery Unplugged] is a music-based program and I love music. We all have artists who move us, and we relate to music so why not try it."
Just like you need air to breathe, I need my kids. Having my daughter back sober is the best thing ever. I could never ask for more than that.
Nicole is still sober and currently works at Recovery Unplugged. We were grateful that she shared her addiction recovery story with us.
Addiction runs in our family, but this was my daughter, and by far the hardest for me. It was devastating.
Rachael was always a very loving, smart child who never gave me any trouble. I first recognized she was using drugs when she was seventeen, but I realize now that I was blinding myself. She started much earlier. She began with pot, but quickly graduated to Oxy.
Rock bottom came after her father passed away. Her drug use intensified until one morning, I found her slumped over the toilet. Her blood pressure had bottomed-out and her brain activity stopped. Doctors told me she would not live.
It destroyed me. I blamed myself for being blind to it and enabling her by not putting my foot down earlier. Through blood transfusions and a miracle, she survived.
While she was in the hospital, I decided there was no coming home. I took her key away and sent her directly to treatment. At first, she resisted, but over time she became fully committed and was doing the treatment for herself. She completed a full-year program including halfway house. After that, she got her own apartment. I knew if I let her come back home, we would both fall back into old habits.
She now owns her own house and has an excellent job. The urge to use drugs is still there sometimes, but she is healthy. My proudest moment every year is when I present her with her sobriety medallion.
Today, Rachael has been clean for six years and she helps clients at Recovery Unplugged write their own addiction recovery story.
It was hell watching Jason suffer with addiction. It ruined his life. He didn’t care about anything other than drugs. It impacted everyone. It destroyed his marriage and eventually, he moved back in with me.
Jason was the light of my life as a child. He was a great kid. He began experimenting with drugs as early as fourteen, and by twenty-three, he started using hard drugs. It started with alcohol, then cocaine, and continued with opiates and heroin.
His addiction ruined my life. I couldn’t be happy. I couldn’t relax. It was all about his addiction and it consumed every minute of every day. His soul was gone. He was killing himself and I blamed myself for enabling it.
He would go into treatment, and on the first day out, he would go right back to using. All told, he went through nineteen detox cycles and four other full treatment programs. Nothing worked, and he didn’t want to live anymore.
A family friend suggested we try Recovery Unplugged. The other programs he tried felt like prison but this one was different. Music had always been a huge part of our lives and I know that the music aspect made all the difference.
For any addict, if they can find something that speaks to them, it will work. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t like music. You don’t have to be a musician for music to speak to you. That’s why they call it a heartbeat.
Having Jason back is amazing. He’s happy now and I can finally relax. Thank God for Music Cares and Recovery Unplugged.
Jason has been sober for two years now. His recovery story is a daily reminder of how far he's come.