September is National Recovery Month. Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Association (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
For the past several days, I’ve been sharing excerpts from my latest book–Victory Over Opiates, which is available on Amazon (click here).
All proceeds from the sale of Victory Over Opiates will be donated to The Joshua Recovery Ministries, a Dayton, Ohio, non-profit dedicated to getting recovery addicts back into the mainstream of life.
The following is from Lesson 16 in Victory Over Opiates:
By late July of 1987, at the age of 28, I had pretty much given up all hope of conquering my addiction problem.
The drugs were no longer relieving me of my anxiety and depression. I was taking them to stay out of withdrawal. I began having bouts of paranoia where I thought the police were chasing me and I would hide from them—my craziness had gone to an entirely new level.
It was at this point when I began thinking of ways to end my life. I figured my wife and kids would be better off without me. I also knew I wouldn’t have to go to jail if I were dead, and most likely, my reputation would remain intact.
I had hit rock bottom.
Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”