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.