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!
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