The sun will shine again.

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

My Story begins in 1997 when I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and given only 6 months to live. The months and years following that particular diagnosis I was given an abundance of opioids by a few different types of doctors for a period of about 10 plus years. After years of a "I'm going to die" mindset and opioids not as readily available, I then turned to street and illegal drugs, such as meth and heroin, in order to suffice my ever raging habit that had spiraled out of control without me having a clue. In the beginning of 2019, within a 45 day period, I lost 5 good friends to heroin overdoses and then my mother to natural causes, and I then dove heavily into my addiction due to extreme depression and anxiety. By the end of 2019 I was a full-blown intravenous drug abuser, something I had been afraid of before 2019. In December of that same year, I accidentally overdosed and died but was lucky enough to have been saved by a hit of narcan given to me by an unknown source that just happened to be with me. From that point I decided enough was enough and so I checked myself into my first in-house rehabilitation center and spent 6 weeks in treatment. The first weeks were intense murder on me physically and mentally, but I was finally able to learn everything about addiction and the mechanics of this dreadful disease, which has turned my life around and I never knew life could be so good. I am about 90 days clean and my anniversary date is 01/10/20. I am so thankful that God allowed me to remain on this earth so I can help other people on this planet overcome the biggest obstacle that life has ever brought me.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

I feel a great desire to help others overcome this horrible disease of addiction. I hope my story will help others as well as help me to stay sober.