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Being a single mother is hard enough, but imagine juggling soccer practice, PTA meetings and homework ... all while trying to cover up a secret life. Susan is a single mom with two kids who works as a prostitute to pay the bills. She says she's never had a real job in her life and is addicted to the money. Can Susan say goodbye to her dangerous job and turn her life around? Then, Stephanie's a single mother of four who's been hiding her secret for 12 years. She's addicted to painkillers and takes 60 times the recommended dosage just to make it through the day. Fearing for their lives and the lives of their children, they both turn to Dr. Phil. Share your thoughts here.

 

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August 29, 2005, 6:36 pm CDT

Dr Phil Show.

Doctor Phil. I think that your show is looking good. Kep up the good work and see you tomorrow but 

as for Susan and Stepanie they need to get there life back together after the show. Well I had better 

close now. Sincerly Your. Russell

 

 
August 29, 2005, 6:39 pm CDT

08/29 Secret Lives of Single Moms

Quote From: missjane2

I think it's WHERE YOU LIVE.  I live in a big city and it's kind of expensive, but alot of things you can buy that you don't need, but you buy anyway.  I go travel to this farm town in our state that is 2 hours outside the city and it doesn't even have a McDonalds.... You can buy a nice house in a good school system for $45,000 or less. And there's NO WHERE to spend your money:  NOT EVEN A WALMART.... 

Or.... perhaps she is being payed a generous amount in Child Support, not to mention that she is living with her father..... 

  

 
August 29, 2005, 6:42 pm CDT

I have been there- don't give up

Quote From: cnclove

I AM 32 YEARS OLD AND A MOTHER OF A 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING MY LIFE ON TV. I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO PAINKILLERS NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. I TAKE ABOUT 16 PILLS A DAY. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ADDICTS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDICTED TO ANYTHING BESIDES CIGARETTES. I GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT AND MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON VICODIN. I DO NOT EVEN DRINK OR DO ANY OTHER DRUGS. I AM IN CHRONIC PAIN EVERYDAY. I CAN NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED WITHOUT TAKING 4 PILLS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED FOR A COMPANY WHERE HE HAD ACCESS TO UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF PAIN PILLS. AT THAT TIME I WAS TAKING 30 PILLS A DAY. WHEN HE COULD NOT GET THEM ANYMORE I WAS SO AFRAID OF THE WAY I WAS GOING TO FEEL. I WAS UP FOR 5 DAYS STRAIGHT GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWS. I MADE IT THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PART, BUT THE MENTAL PART IS WHAT MADE ME GO BACK AGAIN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON PILLS AND ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. I NOW GET ENOUGH FROM MY DOCTOR SO I DO NOT RUN OUT. I WANT SO BAD TO STOP TAKING PILLS AND BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MY PAIN, BUT I AM SO SCARED OF THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL FIANCE WHO COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH. I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF A BIG CUSTODY BATTLE WITH MY EX. I LET MY DAUGHTER GO VISIT HIM AND HE NEVER SENT HER BACK. I HAVE TO FLY UP TO MAINE ON SEP 28. I DO NOT THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HARD TIME WITHOUT MY PILLS. I DO NOT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY ADDICTION. I JUST WANT TO STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL WITHDRAWS AND BE ABLE TO COPE WITH MY BACK PAIN AND MY TMJ. I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET HELP. I REFUSE TO GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC BECAUSE I FEEL THAT YOU ARE SWITCHING ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I read your letter I flashed back through the last 5 years of my life. I went through almost exactly what you are going through now. What you need to know is it is possible to quit and it is possible to have a healthy, happy life after the painkillers. I'll give you the edited version of my fight with the drugs because the full length would take hundreds of pages. I grew up in a family with one parent that had never done drugs and one that was a severe addict. My mother has used drugs and alcohol my whole life and I kept my distance from them because of her. When I was in my early twenties I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had numerous surgeries and was prescribed painkillers to help with the pain. I started with a half a vicodin a day to 15-20 percocet and finally oxycontin. This progression happened over a time period of only a year and a half. During that time period I lost my job, my home, the respect and trust of my family and my friends and found myself in the middle of a custody battle for my then 6 year old daughter. I knew I had to quit for myself and most of all for my daughter. I went through with-drawls (10 days) which was very hard, and then went through the emotional part of it for the next year. (I believe the reason it took so long to get through the emotional with-drawls is because I was afraid to get help.) I moved away from the town I had lived in my whole life because I had to. I had to change everything about my life. I moved closer to my family and fought the 2 year custody battle and got full custody of my daughter. We have been together now for 2 years I have been clean for over 4 years and slowly but surely have gained the trust of my family back. I am currently in nursing school and hope to work in a drug and alcohol treatment center. I still see a counselor and so does my daughter. I have changed my whole life style and that is what has kept me clean. My focus is no longer on escaping it is now on my daughter and being the healthiest mom I can be. I don't know if any of this will help you?? I just want you to know that you can do it. It is not easy, but you can beat it and you won't believe how sweet life is sober. I know that sounds corny but I am a completely different person and even though I always thought I was doing a great job high I wasn't. I missed 2 years of my life and my daughters. Fight for your daughter and fight for yourself!!!!!
 
August 29, 2005, 7:57 pm CDT

I've been there myself

Quote From: cnclove

I AM 32 YEARS OLD AND A MOTHER OF A 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING MY LIFE ON TV. I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO PAINKILLERS NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. I TAKE ABOUT 16 PILLS A DAY. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ADDICTS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDICTED TO ANYTHING BESIDES CIGARETTES. I GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT AND MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON VICODIN. I DO NOT EVEN DRINK OR DO ANY OTHER DRUGS. I AM IN CHRONIC PAIN EVERYDAY. I CAN NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED WITHOUT TAKING 4 PILLS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED FOR A COMPANY WHERE HE HAD ACCESS TO UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF PAIN PILLS. AT THAT TIME I WAS TAKING 30 PILLS A DAY. WHEN HE COULD NOT GET THEM ANYMORE I WAS SO AFRAID OF THE WAY I WAS GOING TO FEEL. I WAS UP FOR 5 DAYS STRAIGHT GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWS. I MADE IT THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PART, BUT THE MENTAL PART IS WHAT MADE ME GO BACK AGAIN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON PILLS AND ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. I NOW GET ENOUGH FROM MY DOCTOR SO I DO NOT RUN OUT. I WANT SO BAD TO STOP TAKING PILLS AND BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MY PAIN, BUT I AM SO SCARED OF THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL FIANCE WHO COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH. I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF A BIG CUSTODY BATTLE WITH MY EX. I LET MY DAUGHTER GO VISIT HIM AND HE NEVER SENT HER BACK. I HAVE TO FLY UP TO MAINE ON SEP 28. I DO NOT THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HARD TIME WITHOUT MY PILLS. I DO NOT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY ADDICTION. I JUST WANT TO STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL WITHDRAWS AND BE ABLE TO COPE WITH MY BACK PAIN AND MY TMJ. I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET HELP. I REFUSE TO GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC BECAUSE I FEEL THAT YOU ARE SWITCHING ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
I totally relate to you and to Stephanie.  I had a 2 year long percocet addiction.  Interestly, I went to Florida Detox, which is only 3 hours from where I live.  This is the facility that Dr. Phil sent Stephanie too.  I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie while I was there.  We detoxed around the same time.  I happen to know that she has been clean for about 4 months now.  I, too have been clean for 4 months.  It is so wonderful to have my life back.  I honestly feel better now than I ever have.  Trust me, the price you pay to get clean is far less than the price you will pay if you continue down the path that you are on.   I was at a point in my life before detox that I simply could take no more, I had to do something, I had to get help.  Thank God I found Fl Detox.  I have not had one single craving, or one temptataion and I no longer have a drug controlling my every move.  Please check out Fl Detox website and do whatever you have to do to get the money together.  Borrow it (which is what I had to do), beg for it, whatever, but you have to get help.  It is not something you can do on your own.  Whatever you do, DO NOT GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC.  While I was at FL Detox, I met many, many people who were detoxing from Methadone, (my sister detoxed from Methadone too) If you think you have a problem with Vicodin - Methadone is much much worse.  The people that were there detoxing from Methadone had done exactly what you just mentioned.  They thought they were doing the right thing my going to a clinic to get off of some other drug, then were then addicted to the methadone.  It is much harder to come off of and the withdrawals from Methadone are severely worse than Vidodin.  Check out the website www.floridadetox.com.  Feel free to call there and ask to speak to the nurse - she will spend as much time on the phone with you as you need answering questions, etc.  The entire staff there is absolutely wonderful.  Please do something or you WILL end up dead.         
 
August 29, 2005, 11:02 pm CDT

I am in your shoes too

Quote From: cnclove

I AM 32 YEARS OLD AND A MOTHER OF A 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING MY LIFE ON TV. I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO PAINKILLERS NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. I TAKE ABOUT 16 PILLS A DAY. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ADDICTS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDICTED TO ANYTHING BESIDES CIGARETTES. I GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT AND MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON VICODIN. I DO NOT EVEN DRINK OR DO ANY OTHER DRUGS. I AM IN CHRONIC PAIN EVERYDAY. I CAN NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED WITHOUT TAKING 4 PILLS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED FOR A COMPANY WHERE HE HAD ACCESS TO UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF PAIN PILLS. AT THAT TIME I WAS TAKING 30 PILLS A DAY. WHEN HE COULD NOT GET THEM ANYMORE I WAS SO AFRAID OF THE WAY I WAS GOING TO FEEL. I WAS UP FOR 5 DAYS STRAIGHT GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWS. I MADE IT THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PART, BUT THE MENTAL PART IS WHAT MADE ME GO BACK AGAIN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON PILLS AND ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. I NOW GET ENOUGH FROM MY DOCTOR SO I DO NOT RUN OUT. I WANT SO BAD TO STOP TAKING PILLS AND BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MY PAIN, BUT I AM SO SCARED OF THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL FIANCE WHO COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH. I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF A BIG CUSTODY BATTLE WITH MY EX. I LET MY DAUGHTER GO VISIT HIM AND HE NEVER SENT HER BACK. I HAVE TO FLY UP TO MAINE ON SEP 28. I DO NOT THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HARD TIME WITHOUT MY PILLS. I DO NOT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY ADDICTION. I JUST WANT TO STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL WITHDRAWS AND BE ABLE TO COPE WITH MY BACK PAIN AND MY TMJ. I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET HELP. I REFUSE TO GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC BECAUSE I FEEL THAT YOU ARE SWITCHING ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am addicted to oxycontin. I went to my local hospital & after 3 days they told me they couldn't take me in the rehab/detox program because I don't have insurance. I have been doing research online on how to detox. To make a long story short (too late) I found a site that has a lot of helpful info. It's www.Heroin-detox.com Don't let the site name fool you. There are many people there who are/have detoxed from painkillers. You may want to try it. With the info from that site, I have gotten myself from 160-180 mgs a day to 10-20 mgs a day. Feel free to email me if you need to talk or if you want the info I have collected on the ways to detox. You are NOT alone. email: 3peasnapod@highstream.net I check my email every other day or so.
 
August 30, 2005, 10:34 am CDT

Susan has her work cut out l

Dear Dr Phil subscribers. I feel really bad for Susan. The reason being is that I used to live in the same building with a prostitute. Her life was sad and out of control. The last I heard of her, my ex-neighbour did not escape the turmoil surrounding her. What Susan has going for her is that Dr. Phil made plenty of arrangements for her to turn her life around. I can understand Susan when she said that being an escort is all she knows. However, Dr. Phil was right in that this way of life is anything but sustainable. My advise to Susan is to stick with the plan that Dr. Phil has created for her. Most importantly, take it one day at a time. Susan may leave a lot of money on the table but her self-worth will escalate substantially if she can successfully pull this off. My prayers are with Susan as I am hoping for a very happy conclusion. FTP
 
August 30, 2005, 12:21 pm CDT

I can relate..but no kids

Quote From: cnclove

I AM 32 YEARS OLD AND A MOTHER OF A 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING MY LIFE ON TV. I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO PAINKILLERS NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. I TAKE ABOUT 16 PILLS A DAY. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ADDICTS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDICTED TO ANYTHING BESIDES CIGARETTES. I GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT AND MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON VICODIN. I DO NOT EVEN DRINK OR DO ANY OTHER DRUGS. I AM IN CHRONIC PAIN EVERYDAY. I CAN NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED WITHOUT TAKING 4 PILLS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED FOR A COMPANY WHERE HE HAD ACCESS TO UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF PAIN PILLS. AT THAT TIME I WAS TAKING 30 PILLS A DAY. WHEN HE COULD NOT GET THEM ANYMORE I WAS SO AFRAID OF THE WAY I WAS GOING TO FEEL. I WAS UP FOR 5 DAYS STRAIGHT GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWS. I MADE IT THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PART, BUT THE MENTAL PART IS WHAT MADE ME GO BACK AGAIN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON PILLS AND ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. I NOW GET ENOUGH FROM MY DOCTOR SO I DO NOT RUN OUT. I WANT SO BAD TO STOP TAKING PILLS AND BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MY PAIN, BUT I AM SO SCARED OF THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL FIANCE WHO COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH. I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF A BIG CUSTODY BATTLE WITH MY EX. I LET MY DAUGHTER GO VISIT HIM AND HE NEVER SENT HER BACK. I HAVE TO FLY UP TO MAINE ON SEP 28. I DO NOT THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HARD TIME WITHOUT MY PILLS. I DO NOT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY ADDICTION. I JUST WANT TO STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL WITHDRAWS AND BE ABLE TO COPE WITH MY BACK PAIN AND MY TMJ. I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET HELP. I REFUSE TO GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC BECAUSE I FEEL THAT YOU ARE SWITCHING ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a female about 25 years old though...and I am addicted to Oxycodone...This is something new to me...I never did drugs and never had a drink.  I tried to stay strict with my life because I have addiction genes from my mother and father.  I started taking Oxy for pain and after awhile I got hooked on it.  Its actually been an on and off thing.  I didn't have the money to get it off the internet, a relative was in the house and she had the medicine.  She didn't know that I had this problem.  At this moment I am making plans with my counselor to start going to NA meetings in my city. I do live in new york city and there are lots of options, but, I am terribly embarrassed.  My family is also very judgemental.  I don't totally agree with Methadone because I know of a person that gets high off of Methadone pills.  I never understood how they would get a person off a drug with another drug.  

  

 
August 30, 2005, 12:48 pm CDT

There is life after pills

I have been a member of an online pill addiction upport group for six years.  Today I have more than seven years off Vicodin and Ativan and have never been happier.  Getting off the pills by going through detox is only the beginning.  In fact, it is the easiest part.  The challenge is changing your life, the way you think and the way you behave.  If anyone is interested, do a google search for pills anonymous, you will find us at MSN groups.  Learning to live a pill free life is hard, but it is the most important thing I have ever done because it has enabled me to become a better person, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  

  

  

 
August 30, 2005, 2:23 pm CDT

im addicted to pain killers

hello watching today's show has really scared me i am 27 yr old and I'm addicted to   Vicodin  and soma's and lortabs i take anywhere from 12-20 pills a day i don't get a high from them because i have been on them for 2 yrs now i have 2 kids i drive everyday on them but i feel fine....i know i need to get off them but its so hard i have tried and i know i have a problem and don't know what else to do my husband does not know how many i really take in a day i don't have good insurance just through the state i cant go to rehab i have no one to watch my kids my husband works everyday I'm a sahm i live in AZ so if anyone out there lives by me or knows anything i can do please help I'm so lost right and feel like I'm just going to lose it need help in AZ thanks  

 
August 31, 2005, 11:46 am CDT

I HAVE BEEN WHERE U R NOW

Quote From: cnclove

I AM 32 YEARS OLD AND A MOTHER OF A 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. I JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE AND I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST. I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW AND I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING MY LIFE ON TV. I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO PAINKILLERS NOW FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. I TAKE ABOUT 16 PILLS A DAY. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF ADDICTS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDICTED TO ANYTHING BESIDES CIGARETTES. I GOT INTO A CAR ACCIDENT AND MY DOCTOR PUT ME ON VICODIN. I DO NOT EVEN DRINK OR DO ANY OTHER DRUGS. I AM IN CHRONIC PAIN EVERYDAY. I CAN NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED WITHOUT TAKING 4 PILLS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. I HAD A FRIEND WHO WORKED FOR A COMPANY WHERE HE HAD ACCESS TO UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF PAIN PILLS. AT THAT TIME I WAS TAKING 30 PILLS A DAY. WHEN HE COULD NOT GET THEM ANYMORE I WAS SO AFRAID OF THE WAY I WAS GOING TO FEEL. I WAS UP FOR 5 DAYS STRAIGHT GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWS. I MADE IT THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PART, BUT THE MENTAL PART IS WHAT MADE ME GO BACK AGAIN. I WAS SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON PILLS AND ALMOST LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED. I NOW GET ENOUGH FROM MY DOCTOR SO I DO NOT RUN OUT. I WANT SO BAD TO STOP TAKING PILLS AND BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MY PAIN, BUT I AM SO SCARED OF THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWS. I HAVE A WONDERFUL FIANCE WHO COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH. I AM ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF A BIG CUSTODY BATTLE WITH MY EX. I LET MY DAUGHTER GO VISIT HIM AND HE NEVER SENT HER BACK. I HAVE TO FLY UP TO MAINE ON SEP 28. I DO NOT THINK THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HARD TIME WITHOUT MY PILLS. I DO NOT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY ADDICTION. I JUST WANT TO STOP TAKING THEM WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL WITHDRAWS AND BE ABLE TO COPE WITH MY BACK PAIN AND MY TMJ. I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND CAN NOT AFFORD TO GET HELP. I REFUSE TO GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC BECAUSE I FEEL THAT YOU ARE SWITCHING ONE DRUG FOR ANOTHER. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
I JUST TURNED 34 LAST FRIDAY.  I HAVE AN 11 YR OLD DAUGHTER, AND A 6 YEAR OLD SON.  I WAS ADDICTED TO PAIN PILLS FOR OVER 3 YEARS.  I HAVE BEEN CLEAN AND SOBER SINCE MARCH 9, 2005.  THE FIRST THING I HAD TO DO WAS ADMIT I WAS A DRUG ADDICT WHICH WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME.  THE NEXT THING I DID WAS I FOUND WHERE THE NA MEETINGS WERE IN MY AREA.  WE ARE A SMALL TOWN SO I GO TO OPEN AA MEETINGS.  I TRIED EVERYWAY POSSIBLE TO STAY CLEAN, AND GOING TO MEETINGS HAS WORKED FOR ME.  I GO TO 2 MEETINGS A WEEK.  YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR SOBRIETY BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE.  MY SOBRIETY COMES BEFORE MY HUSBAND, OR MY KIDS.  I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SELFISH, BUT IF I AM NOT SOBER THAN I CAN NOT BE WHAT I NEED TO BE TO ANYONE ELSE.  MY GROUP IN AA HAS HELPED ME MORE THAN ANYONE.  NO ONE UNDERSTANDS AN ADDICT LIKE ANOTHER ADDICT.  FIND YOU A MEETING.... JUST TRY IT!  AT THOSE MEETINGS , YOU CAN FIND A SPONSOR TO WORK YOUR 12 STEP PROGRAM WITH.  AS YOU WORK YOUR 12 STEPS YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE SOBER.  YOU ARE WORTH IT.  ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER.... I FELT LIKE MY DAUGHTER WAS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW THE TRUTH.  TELLING HER WAS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE.  SHE HOLDS ME ACCOUNTABLE.  SHE KEEPS UP WITH HOW MANY MONTHS THAT I HAVE BEEN SOBER.  SHE MAKES ME A BRACELET ON THE 9TH OF EACH MONTH.  YOU HAVE TO GET HONEST WITH EVERYONE.....ESPECIALLY YOURSELF.  IF YOU WANT TO TALK...YOU CAN EMAIL ME KCKW@SBCGLOBAL.NET
 
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