Talbot Goes Purple

Talbot Goes Purple

Talbot Goes Purple

My clean date is Sept. 18, 2018. I was born in Baltimore City. My mom and dad left me at the age of six months in Baltimore. Still till this day I don’t know them.

When social services found me, they did an evaluation, found drugs in my system, so I wound up getting adopted when I was three years old by recovering addicts. And four years into that they got a divorce and they both went back out (relapsed). I still stayed with my adopted mom for a little while.

Meanwhile my adopted dad OD (overdosed) AND DIED.. so when I turned nine my adopted mom told me she couldn’t keep me and her addiction and her own son, so one had to go and I ended up having to go. I’ve been to over 21 foster homes.

I moved to Salisbury and had nobody. Started selling drugs and joined a gang for a while. I was just selling, dropped out of school, then I ended up on my own supply. I did it for a few years, started robbing people. I got caught up for an armed robbery, did two years and H&I (hospitals and institutions) was coming into the jails and I don’t think I had a problem. I still was getting high locked up.

So, I didn’t have anywhere to go before I left and the lady said, ‘how about a recovery house?’ I said okay. I didn’t know what I was walking into. And going to recovery house was the best thing I did. I started going to meetings did, a 90-90 (90 meetings in 90 days), got a sponsor, doing step work. I started making big changes in my life.

I work, I’m ready to have a year clean. Things been rough in recovery, from feelings I haven’t dealt with in the past that I ran from, but recovery gave me a chance to face them. Still some things I gotta work on, but my life is a lot better than it was being out there. By the way I’m 22 and I’m about to have my own kid.

Has your life been affected by substance use disorder? Are you willing to share your experience? Please email us: talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

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