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[–][deleted] 72 points73 points  (25 children)

I am 34, have raised myself from the age of 11, have 7 felony convictions, have been a drug addict for 18 years, been sober for 18 months, was a male prostitute, been in 50 fights, have had 70 jobs, my daughter died, I'm fighting for my son now, and am ACTUALLY doing good for the first time ever. I just want to help others NOT become addicts. It's all about prevention for me.

I weighed 155 lbs. in the picture on the left (taken in jail in May 2016) and 215lbs. in the picture on the right as of March 2018. I have gained a total of 85lbs. since the picture on the left, almost 2 years ago.

I hope what I'm doing is what people need. They need what I have to offer (I think).

[–]IAMATruckerAMA 52 points53 points  (4 children)

Oh fuck, dude. I had some low level snarky shit to say when I showed up, but now I'm just gonna treat strangers on the internet a little better because they might have something like this going on.

[–][deleted] 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Your comment, my friend, needs to be upvoted above my post. That is the realest thing anyone can ever realize. You never know what the other person is facing. Fantastic insight.

[–]IAMATruckerAMA 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It doesn't, but thanks for saying so.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

No, really, it does. Because so many people just say what is on their minds, without any thought to what someone else is going through. What you did here today is show wisdom. Real wisdom.

[–]mpf1949 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Right? My lesson also

[–]guaca_molly 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Wow. It's amazing that you came back from that. What would you say was the most important think that helped you first become sober? I have a close friend who is right at the beginning. Is there is anything I can say to her to help?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Going to jail and facing 12 years was the thing that made me give up that life. I gave my life to God, picked up the Bible, and started learning all I could. And I've not let go. I only ended up doing 15 months... For my 6th and 7th felonies. But here is the thing; your friend needs to realize that nothing good, no matter how good the high feels, will ever come from doing drugs. You never get a better feeling. What drug is she on?

[–]guaca_molly 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Wow. She also has some charges pending against her. I don't know too much about that. She may or may not have moved to get away from it.

She told me she's done every drug except acid. But I think what she's addicted to is sniffing heroine.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That's so sad. Sniffing turns into shooting most of the time. Opiates are really terrible in that it doesn't take long to have to do more and more to get high. I know a girl who does gram shots of heroin 3 times a day. It's terrible to see.

[–]guaca_molly 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah its really sad. She has been clean for about 21 days now which is a big step. She said she's been doing pills for 6 yrs and heroin for 4 but never shot up. I've known her since we were 5 and at one point we were very close friends. It's one of the most shocking things in my life to hear of the stuff she's done. People blame environment but we are both products of the town we both grew up in, and she told me that her dealer is right down the street from me....but I haven't used drugs and never would. To me it seems to be all about upbringing.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Upbringing is definitely a contributing factor. Hugely contributing.

[–]MoonpieJunkie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm so happy you've decided to turn your life around, many many people need what you offer and from someone who's actually experienced it and come out from the other side. I don't know you personally but I'm so proud of you. I hope you have a wonderful life and continue to be a good beacon of strength and someone to look up to. I hope you find peace with your son and get to enjoy life together.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for that.

[–]wiqqido 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Heartwarming and motivating. Thank you for sharing. And side note, damn you are handsome!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hahahaha. Thank you for that.

[–]TOP_20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great job on your sobriety - I hope your life is great from now on - well done!!!!

[–]anchises868 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I don't know you, but I am proud of you. You being able to overcome all that to be who you are today is really inspiring to me.

I may never overcome my own shitshow, which pales in comparison, but you give me hope that it's possible.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It most definitely is possible. You got this. Smile and be positive and at that moment you make it past an obstacle, don't look back at it. You made it. No reason to replay things over and over again. And if you didn't make it, the same thing goes. Dwelling hurts. Everything will get better. Just don't give up. Please.

[–]nomodirigo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wow. Your parents really fucked up. Hopefully your son isn't trash, but considering you've just switched addictions (to religion) I doubt it.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's not. He is amazing. He's only 5. I'm not about to let him be trash. I'm thankful I stopped being trash while he is young because he doesn't remember any of my past and I can teach him in the way he should walk. Sure, he is going to know my past, but since I have been through everything that I have been through, I will NEVER tell him "because I said so." He gets real answers via my experience. And yes, my parents were trash, but I forgive them.