Updated: May 18
My name is Shane, and I am a person in recovery. I began my active addiction about two months after giving birth to my baby girls, up until a month after their first birthday. Opiates were my drug of choice, and even after overdosing twice, I didn't think to quit until I entered into drug court and had my babies taken. Even then, I struggled to walk on the right path. I relapsed right before my second court hearing and was separated from my husband, and I could no longer see my babies unsupervised. It was then I realized there was no way I would be able to do this by myself. Since reaching out for help and starting my recovery journey, I have seen incredible things happen around me that I had no idea where possible. I regained custody of my baby girls, and I get to live with my husband again. I get to run a medication-assisted recovery support group and participate with my recovery community every chance I get. I have made amazing connections with people who are working through the same struggles as I am, and I could not be more grateful. Without reaching out for help and finding the recovery community, I don't know if I would be where I am today. Overall, the biggest hurdle to climb over is the first one of recognizing you need help and then asking for it, but it will always be worth it.