Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - I Have Survived

Name: Mark H Eitniear
From: Phoenix, Arizona
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I Have Survived

I, Mark H. Eitniear, have survived. I am here today, only because I have not given my life to drugs. The battle against addiction is something I never imagined at a young age that I would have to endure. After my short stint with the US ARMY, I fell into my worst nightmare. Opioids. My life was scary. It was dark. I found myself daily consumed by a lust to escape the pain. My body is constantly engulfed by unnatural feelings of temperature fluctuations. Imaginary creatures crawling through my veins. Sounds making me anxious, as well as paranoid. Minutes seemed like years. Would it ever end? In the worst sense of things, I threw away everything I had ever obtained. One at a time. I made the decision to choose drugs over what should have been important to me. Family rejected me. I had given them no reason to trust me. My boss could no longer employ me, because he could not have trusted me to show up for my scheduled shifts. In return, I could not pay my rent. I became homeless, and with no ambition, I also lost the will to eat. Drugs were the only thing that made me move. I had hit rock bottom in Feb of 2016. A friend found me, took me to rehab, and I started that day becoming the man I was intended to be. In this live-in facility, I began learning about myself, why I used, and what I could do to prevent future use. I have become a new person, and I can only say from my experience, that it was the most fearful time of my life. I did not know how to ask for help, or think I could survive the withdrawals. There is hope out there for those who suffer. People can change. I will pursue my career in Criminal Justice, only because I have found a new way of life, and I have survived.

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