10 Jul Shallon’s Recovery Story
First let me say that I thank God for life today. My story of addiction began in 1972 and ended in 1994. I was the second child of three living in a single parent household with my mom. Addicts like to blame others for their addiction, but I can blame no one but me. I began using marijuana until it no longer gave me the feeling I needed so I moved to alcohol. Alcohol had an effect on me that caused me to drink and pass out, that should have been a clue to me that something was abnormal about me. I was introduced to heroin and I thought it was the answer to all my problems, but in reality it was the beginning of my downward spiral into hell. In a very short period, I began stealing lying and cheating everyone, and that includes my very own mother. My addiction broke family ties and eventually landed me in prison, mental wards and numerous treatment centers. I failed to mention that my addiction did not allow me to graduate from High School. I was a mess, no education, no family and no hope that my life would be better. I had made it up in my mind that I was destined to die in my addiction and that no human being could help me. So with that being my destiny I started using cocaine along with the heroin (speed ball) and that is when I began overdosing on a regular basis. I was now at the very lowest I had ever been. At this point only God could help me. And he did by sending me a lady that told me GOD wants so much more for me, and I heard her. She said all this in a letter she wrote to me while serving my third bit in prison. She invited me to come see her upon my release, I did and that was in 1994. Her compassion, her own personal story she shared with me and her nonjudgmental attitude drew me into believing GOD wanted to bless me in order to use me.
Yes the conversation does need to be changed because I have been sober for over 20 years I have earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, I am working on my secondary Master’s degree in Divinity, and I am the Founder/CEO of a nonprofit organization that helps individuals overcome barriers they are confronted with. Let me conclude with this – no one has to die in their addictions, because not only are we changing the conversation, we are also working together to change lives.
Thank you God.