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Your Story Can Change Someone Else’s: Launch of “The Hope Share”

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An estimated 85 million people in the U.S. have been affected by addiction. Each has a unique story, and for too long, too many have felt alone, hopeless and stigmatized by this disease.

That’s why The Partnership at Drugfree.org created The Hope Share. It invites those struggling with addiction, or affected by a friend or family member’s addiction, to share their story of hope and redemption.

The Hope Share aims to help break the stigma surrounding addiction and unite those who are affected, giving them a place to share stories and, in turn, share hope. The overall message is that your story can change someone else’s — that one person’s story of hope can give a struggling individual or family member the strength to persevere through hard times.

An ever-expanding mosaic of support, The Hope Share community is growing with new and respected partners like Faces & Voices of Recovery and In The Rooms, and it’s changing every day, featuring new video stories, autobiographies, narrative art and poetry.

The homepage includes some empty windows so visitors can feel encouraged to share their own perspective and help grow The Hope Share into a never-ending support resource. Here are some highlights:

“After 11 years of drug and alcohol use, I am celebrating my sixth month of freedom. It can be done. You don’t have to be a slave to substances. Take advantage of whatever help you can get. It will not be an easy journey, but… so worth it. Please don’t short yourself on the biggest gift you will ever have: your life.” – Christie

“Before I got clean, I could never pay a bill, own anything or do anything useful. Today, I pay bills, responsibly hold down two jobs – both in the substance abuse treatment field – I have more clothes than I can wear, I drive a new car that I pay for and I have wonderful friends and a loving family. Above all of these material possessions, I have gained a peaceful mind and spirit. This is your vision of hope: if this addict can get clean and stay clean, any addict can. Today, I have the power of choice.” – Carl

“I am not able to share a story of hope yet, but I am going to continue to read everyone’s stories of hope. Because one day, I am going to be able to share the same kind of story about my son.”  – Chrissie

“Sobriety has given me so much. No matter what happens in life, I now know that I don’t have to pick up a drink to deal with it. I can head to a local meeting and find the love and support that will pull me through whatever life throws at me. And for that I am eternally grateful.” – (Anonymous)

We invite you to share this website with others, comment or “give love” to one or more of the hundreds of stories.

11 Responses to this article

  1. Sabrina / May 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

    My mom passed away when i was 13 from a drug overdose. ever since then i had an addiction to uppers and downers. I went to rehab twice and the second time did the trick. I have been clean off pills for 2 years :) This girl in this video i met at Portage Atlantic Rehabilitation Center For Youth, her name is Jennifer and this is the song she wrote and sang for me at my transition(graduation from rehab) this song gets me through absolutely everything :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7IKKPzPjv0 please check it out!

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    Alexis 575 / September 12, 2013 at 1:32 am

    It has been two yrs and maybe some months i have been clean since then i have lost alot and gained alot. I first seeked treatment when i was taken to court by cyfd and they had my son i couldnt do it right away i got pregnant i entered a 30 day rehab i never relapsed ive had two more children got married but i lost my son in the court system due to being coerced and other issues i still have thoughts and wants to do it i do not i am not around it nor do i want to follow out on my plans to do so because i know it was never worth the pain or the loss that i once felt. One step is to stay away from any old friends still using that was a big one for me.

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    Jake / May 28, 2013 at 12:12 am

    It started off just smoking pot with friends . Everyone did it where I got my first job ,bad choice . I only smoked on ocation to start for about 2 years once a week Mabey. And as high school wore on I found myself with less and less meaningful relationships and friends .so I grab acted toward the (pot heads) of my school bad choice . By my senior year I had sum close friends that just smoked pot also and this went on for a year or so until I tried my first pill. A hydro next bad choice .before I knew it I was doing cocain for the first time …bad choice and that was my bottom I would lie to my loved ones so I could go get high but I was really just running from my feelings and in the process hurting the people I love the most . I’m now month and a week sober from any kind of drug it was the hardest thing I ever had to do and I owe it all to my loving mother and girlfriend for supporting me but more than anything you need to want to change and it’s possible and it won’t be easy but living a clean healthy life is the only kind worth living if you ask me . And you always have a choice , life’s about choices . I’m happier than I ever have been and I hope that maybe a struggling soul may be helped by this post because god knows I needed all the help I could get when I was an addict .

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    emral / May 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    ok , my name is emral im 16 im gonna tell you a story a story about my parents…. my dad was 39 when he died … my mom was 38 when she died …they were addicted to drugs … drugs like meth , weed , k2 , pills , they always fought over it … i was abused by my dad for my pills i took for my nerves i was just a little kid it messed up my childhood , my dad died for meth on oct ,16 ,2012 the day he died i hug him and told him i loved him and headed to my friends house the next morning i went to school i got called down to the office and they told me emral , your died pasted away …. i will never forget that day it made me break down .. at that time my mom was in jail for selling pills when she got out i went to go visit her and of course she was high … and she was making me mad the last thing i said to her before she died i wish you died instead of dad and that was the last thing i said to my mom it’s messed up she died on oct, 28 , 2012 my parents died from drugs you know how much that kills me and i was only 15 and i have a little brother that im taking care of who is 12 i know this won’t change you but aleast think twice before you mess up your life it killed me and my life …… there is help

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    amanda / May 2, 2013 at 2:54 am

    both my parents were crack heads and I grew with my grandparents and mom. I felt alone, and didn’t know where I was supposed to fit in. when I was 12 I started smoking cigarettes, pot and drinking with my mom and neighborhood kids. I thought it made me fit in. one day I saw my mom taking my grandma’s pain pills, she let me try them. when I was 15 I got my first job in fast food, I learned pills were taken for recreation. I started taking them regularly and seeing how they changed my personality helped me be tougher and less shy with people. I was taking over 100 mg of morphine a day plus whatever other pills I could get my hands on. one day I went to work without any and got really sick like puking out the back door (with drawl) I didn’t know what happened. I learned they made me feel good, helped me fit in and they were able to help me meet fun new people with common feelings. my life got out of control, by the time I was 17 I was prostituting myself for crack for me and my mom to get high. I didn’t care about myself and cut my wrists and tried to overdose and was taken to the hospital and mental institution at least 4 times. just before my 18 birthday I was sad, confused and had no idea what direction to take in my life, I was lost. I walked into the church down the street from my house and met Jesus. He washed me in His blood “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” He gave me a life, now I’m married to a preacher and teach Sunday school for that church. I love my life and have a reason to live. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. it wasn’t easy, it took 5 years and I still take 2 mg of Suboxone a day (the lowest dose) and I am slowly tapering off. I relapsed numerous times and had to rebuild a lot of trust with my husband, practically abandon my family and I have a lot of dental work to get done, I lost almost all my teeth, but I finally found my place in life and anyone can have what I have, I am no different than anyone else,all you have to do is believe Jesus is God, came to earth as a human, died for your sins on the cross and rose 3 days later, then cry out for him to save you from your sins. next get a KJV bible and read the book of John and Romans. I promise He can do amazing things if you let Him, just get to know Him, learn about Him and you wont regret it. He promises a better life, a brand new one in fact, plus eternal life in heaven. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”

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    Corrreylouise / April 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I was hopeless. I was that girl with no self value, I was the girl that got kicked out, dropped out of school, changed my friends as my drugs changed, woke up not remembering the night before, feared being sick more than dying, I was always being sent away, always on the run, and ALWAYS not accepting the fact I was powerless over these substances. After close to 8 years of abuse my body started deteriorating; literally. I was in and out of the hospital with staff infections, pneumonia, jaundice, liver failure, Gaul bladder removed, pancreatitis, and trying to kill myself. I had TWO emotions: sick (lost, feining, angry, physically and mentally ill) or there (as simple as not living in a motionless state .) I didn’t understand it, I wasn’t ready to. I was too young to have a problem, I was too young to be an alcoholic, I wasn’t as bad as the homeless people in the city(I still had friends to bounce around place to place,) I was NEVER going to get NA or AA or CA. I’m going to make this as simple as I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. The last time I entered treatment was on my 21st birthday completely SOBER, and I heard something that hit something in me I never felt before; a speaker simply said,” you are worth it.” That’s right, I was worth it; the girl with no self value, fighting against the world since I could remember, burned down my mothers home while drunk, totaled a car while high, hurt more people than I could ever remember, stole from the ones I loved the most, and continued hurting myself the entire time. I wasn’t able to see that life had so much to offer every time I would get sober, all the things from the past would eat me alive until I got high to forget “just one time” until tomorrow I had to get high because I felt to guilty about messing up the day before. It’s a never ending circle, & I FIRMLY BELIEVE ANYONE IS CAPABLE OF GETTING SOBER & CLEAN, if you work an active 12 step program. Today I’m proud to say my sobriety date is my 21st birthday, that I have my family in my life, that I am accountable for those I care about, I’m going back to school, I work a full time job, and pay my own bills. YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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    joe nelson vertelli / January 21, 2013 at 4:32 am

    ive lost four friends to heroine ive lost more friends to coke the police in this city act like there is no such thing they lock people up for smoking pot a cure but allow local philanthrapists like greg dawson and donald trump to fly in planes of poison but will take innocent vets and slander and dishoner them just to take their side arms then call them nuts so they cant get a job to protect their paychecks and cover up their illegal operations…..im not a snitch but if youdont give the new guy the equal opportunity ….um ….IS THERE ANYONE WHO CARES I DONT WANT TO DIE A STATISTIC I AM DRUG FREE I SMOKE A CURE BUT HAVE NEVER DONE ANY DRUGS

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    Tim / January 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

    It is definitely possible to quit, I wasn’t able to quit cold turkey or even with suboxone treatment, however methadone treatment did save my life. At the beginning I was taking vicodin to get high until a year later I was taking 30-40 pills a say just to feel “normal.” Taking that many ultimately ruined my stomach and ended up going to oxycontin to shooting heroin. I won’t miss taking extended lunches speeding downtown to Detroit getting home already late and trying to find a vein for another hour until I had stabbed myself with the needle 100 times. I hate to say it but one of the reasons I had to quit was because I have no veins left to this day. Almost 8 years of non stop addiction doing a couple grams a day I found that proper methadone maintenance was my only hope and I am over a year clean on methadone now. Keep your head up, no matter how bad you have it someone has it worse and has risen!

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    charley / January 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    After ten years of using meth i went to rehab for the first time. Four months later i relapsed. I got stranded and it started to snow. I thought i was gong to freeze to death. Lucky i didnt but i got frost bite and had to have parts of my feet amputated. Its been two years now that ive been sober. That one last time can cost you a lot.

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    Rebecca / January 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Methadone is for maintenance so
    You can maintain a normal life without
    Feeling or having with draws,however,
    Keep in mind some day you may want
    to detox from it too . I do and it wasn’t
    easy but they can do it slowly… Good
    Luck- and remember being sober is
    Being drug free, methadone is a drug .

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    Alisa Schnackel / May 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Dear Emral,
    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. God Bless you! This story literally made me cry. God Bless you, your mother, and your dad. They are in a better place now
    R.I.P

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