Step 12: Service – Erik’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

I remember driving down, going into the city, and thinking, "I've never used this frequently before in my life This is dangerous, and I probably need something like rehab

" I still went there Someone else prepared the drug for me He asked me, "This is kind of a lot Is that OK?" And I said yes And I took the drug, and within seconds I was on the floor

I had an overdose, and I chose for that to happen The aftermath of this–and I don't know all of the details because I blacked out at a certain point But I don't know how else to explain it I guess I jumped I fell from the third story

I shattered my pelvis I shattered my arm I had to learn to walk again In a couple of weeks we'll undergo the sixth of seven procedures to get my nose close to what it was before, and that is the culmination of my over half a million dollars in medical bills So I'd been going to 12-step meetings for about six years before all of this happened

As I went more consistently, I found that my life just started to fall into place Now that I know how important it is for me to share with others what I know, I go every week And I'm able to facilitate a meeting Step 12, to me, is being in a place where I am able to reach out to those who are struggling and to then let them know that they are not alone, because there was a point where I felt that I was totally alone and that there's no way that I could ever be forgiven The 12 steps helped me focus on the fact that not only am I an addict, but I am a son of God

And it's so important that I share that knowledge, because it was hard-won knowledge And that is why it's so important for me to share this message with others through service

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