By Justin C.
Serenity High School Class of 2011
The thought of graduation used to scare me…to be honest it still is a little bit frightening, but so incredibly rewarding at the same time. Last year not even my family truly believed I was going to make it through school. Don’t get me wrong–they had no doubt that if I tried I could graduate no problem, but the thing was I didn’t try. Now a normal person in my position would have thought about his future, stopped the drugs and the life style that comes with it, and get done what needs to get done; but I am not a normal person. I am an addict. My life was centered around drugs and alcohol. Every day I would wake up with the thoughts of how I am going to get the next high. It literally took hold of my life; it had gotten to the point where I could not go a day without getting messed up. Now at first it was fun, right? Chilin’ with friends, hanging out, just living in the moment and freeing our minds. Today I can’t believe I thought I could free myself with drugs because they do nothing but hold you down. Really quickly the fun times turned to desperate times, the “want to” turned to “have to,” and my life went upside down. I am very grateful that that’s not who I am today. I consider myself lucky that I went through this struggle at a young age. I listen to the older people in NA and I thank God that I still have my whole life ahead of me. Today I am graduating, today I am sober, and today I have a future.