The United States is in the midst of a crisis with opioid abuse. More than two million Americans are struggling with opioid use disorder. Each day more than 100 people in this country die from opioid overdoses. When it comes to the opioid epidemic, there aren’t too many happy stories. So, when there are happy stories, it’s important to share them. And that’s just what one recovering addict did.
Jamee Valet posted about her incredible story of recovery and transformation in a Facebook group called The Addict’s Diary, and her post quickly went viral.
Valet’s post included two side by side pictures – one of her from two years ago when she was regularly doing meth, the second a picture of her happy and glowing in her graduation cap and gown. The caption was simple:
“My name is Jamee and I am a recovering heroin and meth addict. These pictures are 2 years apart. The better looking version of me being just a few months ago when I got my GED! Recovery is possible! #TheAddictsDiary“
People who saw the post were shocked by the amazing transformation Valet underwent after getting sober. Over 1,000 people left comments congratulating Jamee on her recovery and her graduation:
“Congratulations a very difficult journey, now the future is yours, you look amazing good luck for your future”
“Wow this is awesome that there is some hope for addicts to this evil drug”
“Brave lady…well done, your an inspiration to man”
After Valet’s post went viral, the news outlet Daily Mail reached out to her and she did an in-depth interview with them about her story of addiction and recovery. She shared that she started smoking marijuana at the very young age of 13 as a way to cope with a difficult childhood. Soon after she began abusing alcohol, and by the time she was 15 she was addicted to prescription painkillers. Valet described her pill addiction by saying, “…opiates became my best friend.”
Her opiate addiction escalated when she was 17 after she experienced a shattering trauma. She found that pills and alcohol were no longer enough for her to cope, so she turned to heroin and meth. She started using drugs on a daily basis and her life spiraled completely out of control. At 19 she was arrested for the first time. She tried to commit suicide while in jail and was saved by corrections officers. After a two-day long coma, she promised her family she would never use drugs again. But she was using again within days of being released from the hospital. She was arrested six more times after that.
Recovery Is Possible
Valet ended up on probation from one of her arrests when she was 19, and she managed to stay sober for several months. But her addiction was too powerful. She relapsed and ended up in a year-long treatment program. There she met her current boyfriend, and they both thought their addictions were behind them.
But Valet couldn’t catch a break from the universe and experienced another life-changing trauma. She relapsed again. But this time, the love and support of the people around her gave Valet the boost she needed to get sober again. She says that on a trip to her boyfriend’s family’s house, she admitted she had a problem and that she needed help. Her boyfriend’s mother nursed her back to health and helped her get into another treatment program.
Valet successfully completed that 90-day program and has continued to practice a program of recovery since then. She’s been sober for over a year and she and her boyfriend live together with their two dogs. She completed her GED during her first year of sobriety and graduated earlier this year.
Valet’s story proves that no matter how far down an addict goes, there is always a chance for recovery. Way to go Jamee!
Be Careful, These Fashion Trends Might Be Making You Look Much Older
No matter what the fashion magazines are saying is in style, it is never on trend to look older. But unfortunately, even some of the latest styles are making people appear to be much older than their age. So which of these outfit blunders have you been committing? To avoid the fashion faux pas and appear youthful and hip to the times, here are some styles that ought to be avoided.
Los hábitos de compra que alguna vez fueron populares y que la mayoría de los millennials se niegan a comprar
No hay debate al respecto, los tiempos están cambiando. Y con los tiempos cambiantes vienen las demandas cambiantes de algunos de los productos que solían considerarse esenciales. Para los millennials, el grupo de edad nacido entre 1981-1996, algunos de los productos sin los que Estados Unidos solía no poder vivir ahora se están abandonando por completo. Desde electrodomésticos hasta productos alimenticios populares, sigue leyendo para ver algunos de los efectos sorprendentes de los hábitos de compra de los millennials.
Tenga cuidado, estas tendencias de moda pueden hacer que parezca mucho más viejo
No importa lo que digan las revistas de moda que están de moda, nunca está de moda parecer mayor. Pero, desafortunadamente, incluso algunos de los últimos estilos hacen que las personas parezcan mucho mayores que su edad. Entonces, ¿cuál de estos errores de atuendo has estado cometiendo? Para evitar el paso en falso de la moda y parecer juvenil y moderno para la época, aquí hay algunos estilos que deben evitarse.