The sun will shine again.

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.