Never ever give up. Recovery is worth it.

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

I come from a family of addicts. My dad has been a recovering alcoholic for 25 years. My Step Mother, Lynn, overdosed on narcotics in 2010. A sibling has been clean from Heroin for 9 months. I'm 39 and from 2007 to June 2017 I was addicted to Vicodin/Norco. Through serious changes to my emotional, physical and spiritual well being I have been sober/clean from opioids since June 1st, 2017. I also owe credit to a spiritual 12 step program I'm working, self help books, and family Nar-Anon meetings. What started as Vicodin, in 2007, on a short term basis for a very serious ankle injury, before I knew it years had passed. My family doctor prescribed me 120 ct at a time. Like the old saying goes: You don't know what you don't know. Instead of proper pain management thru non-narcotics or changes to my body thru diet or exercise, my doc kept prescribing them. Finally, one day in May, I just hit rock bottom and decided I needed a total life change. The pills weren't even working for the pain (I had fractured my ankle in 2007 and it never properly healed). I was in legit pain but at the same time just feeding my addiction. I realized I was physically and emotionally dependent on them. When I look back, I realize how much of a mess I was. Friendships and relationships had been broken. I became a person I didn't like. I was just running in circles. I am so glad to be clean now. Everyday gets better. If you put in the work its worth it in recovery.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Never give up hope on yourself or the addict(s) in your life. Today or tomorrow might be the day you or the addict decide to get clean/sober. If you put in the work during recovery, it's so worth it.