I was born in Baltimore, MD. When I was eight months old, my parents separated and I was sent to live with my grandparents, who raised me as their own until I was five. My parents then reunited and I was sent back to live with them. I have two younger brothers and one sister, so I went from being the youngest of seven to the oldest of three in a little over one year.
I had trouble in school and adjusting to my new life for many years. I started smoking cigarettes when I was twelve. When I entered high school, I started drinking beer and smoking marijuana. I was the main parenting figure for my siblings from the age of twelve until nineteen, when I joined the Navy and left home.
The Navy encouraged drinking for fun, games, and social functions, so I began drinking even more. I still smoked marijuana occasionally as well. I married at 21 and got pregnant. I quit smoking and drinking for the duration of the pregnancy, and shortly thereafter. After about three months I went back to social drinking. although I drank more than most at functions, my drinking really didn’t interfere with the rest of my responsibilities.
My husband retired from the military in 1994 and we moved to Western North Carolina, where we still live. I had a job, went to school, and raised my son. I still drank socially and only in the evenings and on weekends, but my drinking became heavier over the years. Then about five years ago I ran into an old friend who introduced me back to marijuana. My drinking decreased and my smoking increased. My addiction spun out of control and last September I went to rehab.
Today I am sober and attend A.A. meetings regularly and am working my steps with a sponsor. I thank God for the people at A.A. because I don’t know where I would be without this program. Thanks for letting me share. 🙂