Change

By
Kelly Pruitt
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I began to use at a very young age, 12 years old. My intake of drugs increased the older I got and the more I wanted to be like the older kids. I never felt like I fit in at home considering I lived with two alcoholic parents who were always disappearing and leaving me to fend for myself. I began staying with different friends and family members just hopping around wherever I could get away with what I was doing. I eventually progressed by the age of 17 to an IV drug user who destroyed everything in my path. By the age of 23 I had lost a husband to suicide, lost all family relationships, lost my home, my car, and eventually I lost my 2 year old son to DHR. I was exhausted and decided it was time to get help. I knew I was about to lose my life. I stayed in rehab for 1 year before I regained custody of my son, and had stable housing and a stable job. I began working toward my goal of becoming an addiction counselor so I could help the still suffering Addict and Alcoholic. Today I am the Unit Manager/Primary Counselor of a Medical Detox Stabilization unit. I have been here for 7 years and wouldn't give anything for my life today. I continue to go to 12 step meetings 2-4 nights per week just to maintain my own sobriety and spiritual growth. I sponsor women and am privileged to be able to help them.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

If I can do it then anyone can.