Brandi: Celebrating a Life Free From Opiates

A woman shares her story of recovering from opiate use.

Brandi - Executive Assistant and Medical Assistant

When coming into recovery I had no idea what to expect. I was very scared and nervous. I saw myself as a person who had nothing to live for and all I did was cause trouble and chaos for myself and family. The only thing that ever made me feel comfortable in my own skin was opiates. When using I felt very numb and never had to think about the choices I made on a daily basis.

I graduated high school with an advanced diploma and then went to college to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. I've always been very passionate with helping those who aren’t able to help themselves. During my active addiction I gave away that certification and my dream to become a nurse was slowly inexistent. Recovery has given me the ability to have aspirations, hopes, and dreams again.

I just celebrated my first year clean on May 20, 2015, and the feelings and emotions are indescribable. I never thought I could live without opiates. I never thought I could be happy. I never thought I could be me. Today I am able to love me for me. I can be a productive member to society. I can be a mother to my daughter.

Today I am an executive assistant to the CEO of a recovery organization and also a medical assistant with a detox facility. I am once again able to have that passion with helping others who aren’t able to help themselves. I am very grateful for my life today. Using can always be an option, but today it isn’t my choice. I am very grateful for recovery and the life it has given me.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015