Second Chance

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I was grateful when I graduated High School. School was a social event for me, not a learning experience. I don't know how I passed anyways considering I never went and when I did I never paid much attention. Needless to say I hated reading; actually despised it! It was such a waste of time. I decided to take a year off school to relax and then enroll in college. Little did I know that one year off was going to actually going to turn into seventeen years. A series of bad choices started a downward spiral that I needed a lot of help to get out of. I never thought that I was going to get most of my help from reading and writing. For many years, I followed the path that many generations of my family had gone down. It was in my blood and I knew it but I didn't think it would happen to me. This disease was not only destructive but it was fatal. I'm talking about addiction. It started slowly at the age of thirteen. It helped me take my mind off of my life and some very traumatic events. At first it was a here and there thing. Gradually it went to weekly using; before I knew it, it was daily. I didn't even realize that weeks, months, even years were flying by me. My whole day and night was consumed with the getting and using of drugs and alcohol. If I wasn't under the influence I acted like a bear woken up from hibernation. Noone could stand to be around me. My family Swecker 2

wouldn't even step into the same room for fear of an attack. With drive and self-esteem pretty much nonexistent I had succumb to the fact I was just going to be an addict like most of my family. I completely gave up on any hope for the future and had already fell into a daily routine of depression. I was devastating my family. After 16 years of this I had had enough. I didn't know what to do or how to stop but I couldn't live my life like this…...

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