Losing my soul.

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

Addiction has caused me to lose my family, my house, my cars. I've lost so many things material possessions but the biggest thing is when I lost my kids I lost my soul and I felt like that was the end for me I have many health problems now related to the addiction problem but I am now in recovery.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Don't turn your back on anybody with addiction, no matter how much they steal how much crime they commit. It's not them, it's the addiction. I understand some people don't want help but there are many others that do want help and they cry out for it just please open your eyes and open your ears and open your hearts so that you can see the ones that want the help and help them.

My Story begins when I was 22. I was dancing and the gentlemen's club I used to work at was very much against drugs, but I lost my son when I was 21 and I spiraled downhill after that started with alcohol and it went to drugs. I got so bad into drugs that I lost my kids and I felt like I lost my soul, I was no longer me. I have since then went through treatment and currently in recovery which I always will be in recovery nobody is ever recovered there's no miracle drug out there that can heal you of addiction. I wish there was but gaining my kids back I got my confidence back I know I can do this I have support I have family and friends it's not the end with addiction it's just an end with the old and you're ready to begin a new chapter of your life in recovery and become the person that you truly were meant to be.