I wanted to share more of G’s inspirational story with you all. It is something that made me happy today. I’ve been trying to recall something I enjoy about G either that day or overall. Something that makes me proud about G is that he always perserveres. He’s beaten some pretty tough odds and has flourished in the last 3 years.
In 2013-14, G was battling drug and alcohol addictions. His drugs of choice were cocaine, percoets, crack cocaine, etc., and he was also an alcoholic. There were occasions where he’s overdosed and nearly died. According to Sober College about 75% of high school students have used addictive substances and 46% currently use addictive substances. 20% of all U.S. deaths are caused by drug addiction. Drugs and alcohol used to get G through his days and they didn’t feel normal until he used his drugs of choice and alcohol. In June 2014, G checked into rehab and a month later he was out.
Cognichoice says that opiate addicts have an 85% chance of relapse in first year, 80% of alcoholics have chance of relapse in first year, and addicts are 40% less likely to relapse after two years of sobriety. I am so proud of G. June 20, 2017 will be 3 years of sobriety for him. G has not relapsed once in these 3 years. I pray and thank God for keeping him on a good path. In June G will graduate with his Associate’s Degree in Libral Arts and by next December he will have his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He took 4 years off between high school and college and he went back. He is the top student in his whole school with a 3.9 GPA.
G inspires me because he shows me anything is possible when work hard for it. When he wants something he puts in 110% and doesn’t give up. Even though he’s not perfect he tries and that’s the most important thing.
Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are a very serious problem. Many people get exposed at a very young age, and when 1/10 Americans has an addictive personality that spells out disaster for many. For people like G, it is easy to trade one addiction for another (i.e., alcohol, stimulants, tobacco, porn, etc.) so it’s important to be aware of what you are doing at all times. Self awareness and love are important for conquering anything addictive. I am very proud of G and hope his story can be inspirational to someone out there who’s struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.