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.