A new lease on life at a young age – Jordan S

Jordan S proved that recovery can happen at a young age as he grabbed the opportunity for a fresh start with both hands during his time at The Cedars.

Read below his inspiring story of experience, strength and hope.

“My name is Jordan and I’m an addict. I am 25 years old and I was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal. I had a good upbringing, I experienced no trauma or abuse and I am from a very loving and supportive family.

As far back as I can remember I was not okay internally. I have always struggled with life on life’s terms since I was a young child. I was a distracted and disturbed kid and I was put on Ritalin at a young age. I would always try and make myself feel better by using anything outside of myself to make me happy.

From obsessive computer gaming, to getting a buzz off sugar and then being the popular kid. I was always hiding behind masks and trying to escape reality. Nothing was ever enough. 

In high school I found the solution to all of my problems in drugs and alcohol. When I drank and used drugs I felt okay, I was able to socialise successfully, and the void I had felt my whole life was temporarily filled.

I was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease at the age of 13 which opened the door for severe opiate addiction through prescription pain medication.

Whenever I didn’t feel okay, I would take a pill or drink some alcohol. This took me down a very dark and lonely path over the next 10 years which left me completely hopeless and helpless.

The drugs had stopped working no matter how much I used.

I could not live life without the use of drugs, but I could not stop using. I became a selfish, dishonest and manipulative. I wanted nothing more than to end my own life, but I did not have the courage to do it.

I came across The Cedars on the internet in a desperate search for help.

The Cedars saved my life.

I completed the 12-step program of recovery. I learned that drugs and alcohol are only a symptom of my problem and that I suffer from the disease of addiction.

My life has changed completely in the last three years that I have been in recovery. I am happy joyous and free. I do not have the desire to use drugs anymore and my life is full of service to others today.

All of my destroyed relationships are mended, I sleep well at night and I am finally happy with who I am as a person. My family are able to live their life without being distracted by the chaos my addiction would cause. Recovery is possible! I will always be grateful to the counsellors and staff at the Cedars for guiding me to become the person I was always meant to be.

I am now volunteering at the Cedars, and I have the opportunity to help others recover from addiction every day. I am studying to become an addiction counsellor.

My life is full.

I have experienced so much joy and many new experiences in my recovery.”

We’re so proud to have so many of our clients living in long-term recovery. If you are interested about the services we offer at The Cedars, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to discuss it with you in more detail.

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