My Story: Amy (Long) McCalister
How did this happen to me? I am 36 years old. I have a master’s degree in counseling, I come from a fairly decent family, upper-class I guess I would call them, business owners, my father was involved in politics and a business owner, so what happened? Addiction does not discriminate that’s what happened.
I was wild as a teenager, then my daughter was born, I turned my life around somewhat but until I married my husband and had my third child, that’s when things really settled down. I live the life of a soccer mom for years, until one winter my husband had an affair and left.
I began to drink, then use large amounts of cocaine, locked away in my bedroom not caring for or about my children in the other room ages 7, 9, and 11 at the time I think. I got in trouble for it several times, I was given the opportunity to clean up my act without loosing my kids and I did that for four months. Then my father died. My decent into hell had begun.
I hurt my back a few weeks after my dad died and was prescribed my first taste of opiates. Nine months later my family was doing an intervention on me because I was a full blown IV drug addict. There is no cure for my disease of addiction. I have tried everything to stay clean and try to find the happiness I thought I once had. The truth is you can never go back. I have been through to much, I have seen too much, I have done too much to ever be that person again. I can however, continue to change, learn and grow every day with a program of recovery to stay clean and love life. It takes time, patience and hard work but it is possible. I can’t promise I’ll be clean tomorrow, I hope so but, I can only promise I’m clean today. Today’s all I got, I don’t worry about tomorrow anymore.
I have linked “My Story” category to this page so you can move your cursor over the tab at the top and a drop down tab should appear labeled “My Story.” Either way it will take you to all of the articles, stories and posts I’ve added over the time I’ve been writing here
I published “A Better Life: Tips From A Recovering Heroin Addict,” my first book. I hope it help someone. It took three years to write and it took a whole lot of courage to publish it but I finally did it. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.
- “A Better Life” Author Bio~ Amy McCalister (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- A Better Life is now on Facebook (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- Updates A Better Life (Formerly 30 Days of Recovery) and The Silo, books by Amy McCalister (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- “A Better Life: Tips From A Recovering Heroin Addict” a book by Amy McCalister (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- A Better Life: Full Introduction (amylong1933.wordpress.com)
- If you could clone yourself, how would you split up your responsibilities? (amylong1933.wordpress.com)