By Latino Media Collaborative
I am James P. I was a drug addict for most of my adult life. I thought I needed them and I didn’t care how I got them. My addiction led me to serve time behind bars. It was really a revolving door for me. Every time I got released I thought I had control, but I would go right back. The last time they arrested me I was living in the bushes. I was homeless. I got sick with pneumonia so bad that I barely lived through it. I realize that what I had was a disease.
The disease of addiction that tries to take me out, and tries to ruin my life again. It is a disease that will try to make me feel miserable, unloved, and unwanted.
I finally decided that I was getting too old for this lifestyle. I was 51 and had spent most of my life on drugs, in and out of jail or prison. It was time for me to change.I am clean now and have been for 8 years.
Now, I attend meetings every day and through this experience, I have met thousands of people in the program. Through our online meetings, I’ve met people from around the world. I share my story with a lot of people, especially young people. I’m a drug and alcohol counselor. I feel blessed with the support I’ve received.