Voices for Recovery
I'm Idania and I am a recovering addict for the past 6 years. And here goes my story. When I was 8 years old, I smoked my first marijuana cigarette with my oldest cousin. He thought it was funny to see me high. I gradually started by having drinks that were left over from my parents’ parties. I would gather them up and do a cocktail underneath the tables where I didn't have adult supervision. By the age of 15, I escalated from marijuana to cocaine, alcohol and qualutes. I got married at the age of 16 and continued my feast with drugs. Little did I know back then that this was the beginning of a walk to death. My drug use went from social use to addiction. I gave birth to two boys. I got divorced from my first husband and after finding myself single, I went on a rampage of using drugs more often then I wanted to. I started working at a strip joint to maintain my addiction and feed my children, which my mom stepped in to help take care of. After a couple of years of getting manhandled and raped, I decided that it was time to change my field. I did whatever I needed to do to maintain my drug habit that has increased. I met my second husband and he introduced me to crack/cocaine. I had three overdoses and I went missing for months with no recollection where I was. I found myself living two lives because I found an old girlfriend which I started living with her while actively using crack. I got arrested by the police. I was introduced to the Drug Court City of Miami. I began my recovery six years ago. Now, I am a court liaison and I am working on getting my CAP. I am a licensed Certified Recovery Support Specialist to help others like myself, and this is my story—Idania, a woman in recovery.