Janene Used Meth to Deal with Trauma


True Stories of Addiction: Janene

Janene was raised to be a good Mormon girl, meaning that she had to follow some very strict rules. Unfortunately for her, Janene struggled to follow these rules as she had to deal with crazy mood swings that only drugs and alcohol seemed to maintain. Although Janene was using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, things went relatively smoothly until she turned 17 and went on a family vacation.

Janene and her family were on their way home from their vacation and Janene was asked to drive. As she was driving, the car hydroplaned and flipped down the side of the freeway. As the car was rolling down the freeway Janene’s 13-year-old brother was ejected from the car and was killed instantly.

The trauma of losing her brother caused her so much guilt, the only way she could ever feel normal was when she was getting drunk or high. Her life was spiraling out of control, but when she became pregnant, she stopped stop using drugs and drinking. Although Janene was happy she was having a child, she still couldn’t deal with the thought of losing her brother.


As soon as her daughter was born, she ran back to the bottle and drugs. She didn’t know how to cope otherwise and just wanted to feel peace for once in her life. It was hard for Janene to be a parent but she didn’t want her parents to take her child either. Janene admits keeping her daughter was the wrong decision, but she didn’t see it as one at the time. Life wasn’t easy for Janene and her child but she was too stubborn to let her parents take her daughter.

One day, Janene had run out of the drug she was using at the time and decided to go re-up. When she left, she also left her seven-year-old child at home. The neighbors called the cops on Janene for leaving her daughter at home, giving her a horrible reputation. Janene was arrested, which saved her life for a moment, but as soon as she was released from jail, she went to a bar, as that was the only thing she knew how to do.


Meth and Other Drugs

Janene was put on probation because of the incident with her daughter so she wasn’t able to use drugs. However, this did not stop her from drinking, which ended up becoming a very important part of her life.

Janene’s drinking did catch up to her though and she ended up getting a DUI. After her DUI, she met her new boyfriend who showed her a different side of the drug world.

This side of the drug world was nothing Janene was used too. She started robbing people at gun point and became a pro at stealing money and drugs. Her got so out of control, that she lost everything. After losing her home and job, she lost her boyfriend as well and was alone on the streets. Janene didn’t know what to do, so she started doing things she wouldn’t wish on anyone just so she can have a place to stay and have drugs in her pocket at all times. Janene felt so hopeless and thought this is the way she is going to live the rest of her life.

Janene ended up getting called in to her probation officers and she was caught with Meth and a pipe. She went to jail and instead of going to the bar when she was released, she checked herself into inpatient rehab.

Finding Recovery After Meth Abuse

As soon as Janene walked into the doors of her inpatient program, she could finally see her life with clarity and was finally able to work on herself. Janene was finally living life the way she should. She decided, through her experience, she wanted to help others find recovery. So, she got certified as a peer support specialist and got a job in the recovery field.

Along with working in the recovery field, Janene was also working the 12-steps with a sponsor. The 12-steps saved her life and makes her want to help others that much more. She ended up getting a new job at a different treatment center where she believes she has met her family and is truly happy.

Janene changed her life, you can too. For more information on how you can better your life and escape addiction, give us a call. Our number is: (866) 578-7471

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