Recoverying Wings of a Meth Addict!

by Valeri Roberts
(Winter Haven, Florida US)

Where do I begin? I had a normal life, married for 18 years with two beautiful boys. Had my job of 12 years. Had a family that I was very close with and had my horse and dogs which I loved so much! Then it happened...My husband left me for another woman. After eight months of crying and not wanting to live I decided to go out. That's when I met him! David was his name. I fell in love! So I thought.....Turns out he was a meth addict just using me for a place to live.



But before he took off he also got me hooked on that horrible evil drug. The first time I tried it I loved it. I could stay up for days, clean my house and most of all I didn't feel the pain I was feeling from my husband leaving me! This was great...So I thought....That was the beginning of my downward spiral. It happened so quickly that I didn't even know what hit me. In a matter of two years from trying meth I lost my house, my kids, my job of 12 years, my horse and dogs, my vehicle, my family and was selling meth to keep high. Then I was arrested 3 times in 3 months and ended up in prison.


WOW is right. I went from a normal life, never doing drugs, never in trouble to losing everything that ever meant anything to me before I knew what even hit me....It doesn't stop there, sad to say....I went to prison for a year and a day only to get right back out and use. Before I knew it I was shooting dope. For the next ten years I would be drugging not caring if I lived or died....Pushing away the people I loved the most....Meth is the most horrible addictive drug out there. But I am not going to lie. I loved getting high.


I wanted to quit but I just couldn't do it on my own. In July of 2011 I went to jail. I truly believe this was God's way of saving my life. While in jail I went to the faith based dorm. I learned there that I needed God to make it through whatever was ahead of me. From jail I went to a six month rehab which was the best thing (besides accepting God into my life again)that could have happened to me. It was there I learned the tools I needed to make it in society clean and sober.


So I am proud to say, that by the grace of god I have been clean and sober for ten months. I now have a job, which I havent had in ten years. I have my kids back in my life and God has restored my relationships with all my family members. I love this life I am living now and would never go back to my old lifestyle. It is just not an option for me! I know that through Jesus Christ any thing is possible, especially my recovery.


I know for the rest of my life I will serve him and try to help other addicts get clean and sober. I know this is what he has me still on this earth to do. If I can just help one person, my addiction and everything I've gone through will have been worth it. I hope this one person that I save will be my son. Because you see during my addiction he became addicted to meth also....


So I pray for him everyday and hope I one day can help him start his road to recovery. So anyone reading this please say a prayer for him. His name is Duane. Thank you for letting me share my story...Keep God in your hearts...He truly is the only way through this...


I also have a group page on facebook called "Recoverying Wings of an Addict." Please check it out and give me your feedback. It is so inspiring to hear from other people! Thank you and God Bless......

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Nov 06, 2014
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Great stuff dear
by: Anonymous

Hi i am very impressed by your story dear and God bless you

Mar 16, 2014
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Thank you
by: Saving Grace Serenity house

For sharing you heartfelt story with us!
Recovery saving lives daily!

Mar 14, 2013
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Update from Valeri....
by: Valeri Roberts

Hello...Just wanted to thank everyone for your comments and let you know I am still doing great. God is number one in my life and my recovery is number two. I am 20 months clean and loving my life. I was a guest speaker at the Bridge where I went to rehab. It was such an honor and was so happy God gave me the opportunity to give back. I will keep doing what I am doing....I know this is God's calling for me to help other addicts find HOPE and a better way of life through Christ. God Bless.....

Dec 07, 2012
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inspiration
by: jean

Valerie you are an inspiration to me not because I was an addict, but just because you are such a vessel for our Lord. sometimes we have to go to the bottom before we can look up, and I thank God you did. I am praying that through you Jesus will heal your son and be used as well.. It must be so hard to watch your child suffer with drug addiction. I pray for your strength as well. I have survived breast and kidney cancer and just like you only by the grace of our loving God am I here today. keep up with your walk with Christ and I will continue to pray for your son..

Dec 07, 2012
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GREAT TESTIMONY
by: Anonymous

Valerie what a testimony you have and I love to hear things like this. I could not have made it through life with out God he is WHAT kept me going I pray for you and Duane and as YOU know GOD can do all things...

Proud of you!!
Mihele

Dec 07, 2012
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OMG! I didn't know all of this...
by: Pat Jeffries

Val, we were all friends and hung out alot together, as Duane and Kevin are cousins. I had heard about Duane leaving and yal getting a divorce. Had heard about you losing your job and how things were with your sons. I did not know how long you had used and that you had gone to prison.

I am truly happy to hear that you have found GOD and are able to keep yourself clean.

I will pray for you and your family to continue to heal.


Dec 07, 2012
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Giving God The Glory!
by: Rachel Liashenko

Awesome testimony of Gods love and grace!!!I look up to you and have tons of respect,God bless you Valeri!Such an inspiration to me and Im sure a lot of other people!! <3

Dec 06, 2012
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Amazing!
by: Michele Febres

Your story is incredible, Valerie. You are an amazing strong person. This is a true story of learning from your mistakes, the trials and errors, and learning how to move forward to become a better you!

May your son also find enlightenment some day... sooner than later

Dec 06, 2012
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WOW is all I can say
by: Brian B Berry

Val, you are simply an inspiration to us all...I enjoy being around you everyday and you bring a ray of sunshine into our place of business...You have my respect and admiration !!!

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