True Stories of Addiction: Lynnette
Lynnette went through her childhood and most of her teenage years without using and abusing drugs and or alcohol. She was a normal girl going through school who had dreams and aspirations to be someone inspirational in life. Her life took a turn once she graduated high school and instead of going to college, her boyfriend at the time introduced her to Crack Cocaine.
She ended up losing her oldest daughter to her addiction and felt lost without her, but Lynnette’s Crack Cocaine addiction was so powerful that losing her daughter didn’t make her want to change her life- she kept using. Time went by and Lynnette was living life addicted to Crack Cocaine. She was hanging out with people who also abuse drugs and was staying in a known “dope house.” This known “dope house” ended up getting raided by the police while Lynnette was there.
Lynnette lost everything and was in huge trouble with the law. She didn’t want to go to prison so she agreed to attend a few 12-step meetings a week to get the courts off her back. When she would go to these meetings she didn’t really listen to what was being said. She thought the 12-step program was a place people go to get out of trouble with the law – she thought they were fake and didn’t realize at the time the people she saw could have truly helped her.
Crack Cocaine Over Everything
The law eventually gave up on Lynnette’s case because they didn’t have evidence she was a part of what she was being charged for. When the law let her go, she went right back to the dope house for more. In a short period of time of living in the dope house Lynnette got pregnant again. Due to her addiction to Crack Cocaine Lynnette knew she couldn’t take care of this baby like it deserved, so, she put it up for adoption. Shortly after she had the child things started going downhill once again.
Things were going downhill fast and Lynnette couldn’t seem to catch a break. She was using Crack Cocaine as a way to escape reality and cover up her emotions because she didn’t know how to cope without the use of drugs. She was stuck in an abusive relationship which made her feel she wasn’t worth a sober, happy life. Lynnette finally escaped from the abusive relationship and moved to her parents’ house where her oldest daughter was staying. Things were still not going the way Lynnette would have liked her life to be moving toward, and she found out she was pregnant again.
She ended up moving to Arizona and putting the baby up for adoption. Shortly after she put the baby up for adoption, she ran into her ex-husband and the love was still there so they got married again. The marriage was going steady for about two and a half years. They had a daughter and thought life was going well. In no time, her and her husband couldn’t stop arguing and were divorced; Lynnette was depressed and turned to drugs once again.
She would wake up in the morning hoping to stop abusing Crack Cocaine, but it never happened. She kept using and abusing drugs- she felt incapable of stopping. In her mind, she thought she was being a good mom by leaving her daughters to live with her parents. But shortly realized she wasn’t there for them emotionally or to show them the love they needed from their mother. It hurt Lynnette to realize she wasn’t being the best mother she could be for her girls. Even though she was hurting for her children she couldn’t steer away from the drugs, they took the highest level of importance in her life.
The drugs did take a high level of importance in her life, even over her own health. She had to be admitted into the hospital because her kidney levels were terrible and the doctors believed they needed to monitor her or something bad would happen.
She agreed to stay in the hospital, but had all of what she needed to get high in the bathroom of the hospital. The drugs didn’t last long for Lynnette and she knew she needed more to get though, so she called a friend. With her IV still in her arm and in her hospital gown, Lynnette left the hospital with this friend to go to the dope house and get the drugs she needed.
Lynnette almost got away with it, but on the way back to the hospital the cops stopped the car after seeing Lynnette and her friend leaving the dope house. The officers weren’t stupid and knew that if she and her friend were leaving the dope house had dope on them.
The 12-Step Program Save Lives
The cops noticed she was in a hospital gown with an IV in her arm and were shocked. The officers asked her questions, but ended up taking her back to the hospital, because they could see she was very sick and told them the truth about her addiction. She finished her kidney treatment in the hospital, and was released two days later. When leaving the hospital, instead of going to the dope house, she decided to try another 12-step meeting.
Lynnette walked into the meeting and felt peace. She saw many people who were happy and smiling that were so nice and welcoming. Lynnette was told she needed to get a sponsor in order to stay sober, so she did just that. The woman sponsored Lynnette for about ten years, she got her through her steps, and showed her a new way of life.
Lynnette went and stayed with her kids while attending 12-step meetings every day. She started working with a lot of woman, because she knew that was the only thing that would keep her sober. She has no craving to get high today but there are still days that aren’t easy. But she knows nothing is worth going back to the life she was living.
Lynnette knows anyone can change their life and get sober if they want too. If you want to get sober but need help getting there, give us a call. We are here to help: (866) 578-7471