Mental Health

From Darkness to Light: My Journey Out of Meth Addiction – Jenson

When I reflect on the dark chapter of my life where methamphetamine almost took everything from me, it’s a stark reminder of the power of addiction and the resilience of the human spirit. It all began when I was just 12 years old, innocently experimenting with that first line of meth. Little did I know that this decision would set me on a dangerous path.

At 14, it escalated into a daily habit. My life became a blur of sleepless nights and never-ending cycles. I’d attend school after being awake all night, return home, smoke some weed, and dive right back into the world of meth with my then-boyfriend and his best friend. Strangely enough, my grades were surprisingly good during this time. I was wired, and it seemed like I could accomplish anything, but the toll on my physical and mental health was brutal.

Days passed without eating or sleeping. My mom, no stranger to drug use herself, was aware of my struggles but was trapped in her own addiction. My friends at school had no idea what I was going through. The contrast between my outer appearance and inner turmoil was striking. I grew alarmingly thin, and my face was marred by breakouts. My clothes hung off me like a reminder of my deteriorating health.

The turning point came just after my 15th birthday. I had planned to experiment with acid for the first time, but fear took over, and I backed out. It was a fortunate choice because it marked the beginning of my journey to recovery. I decided to quit smoking weed and all other substances. Surprisingly, quitting was relatively easy compared to the daily grind I had been living.

However, the battle against cravings and triggers was far from over. The scent of meth, particularly when my mom used it, would send shivers down my spine. These cravings persisted well into my 20s, a constant reminder of the grip that substance had on me. Despite the allure and the love I once had for it, I resisted, knowing I didn’t want to end up like my mom.

Now, at 26, that dark chapter in my life feels like a distant memory. I’ve transformed into a completely different person. I’ve distanced myself from anyone who knew me during those turbulent times, making it difficult for them to believe the harrowing story of my past. I agree with their disbelief – it feels almost surreal to recount the person I used to be.

It’s a testament to the strength of the human spirit that I was able to break free from the clutches of addiction and carve out a healthier, brighter future. It’s also a testament to the choices we make and the resilience we can summon when faced with life’s most challenging trials. As an afterthought, I’m heartened to hear that my boyfriend at the time also found his way out of addiction and grew into a responsible and healthy Marine. Our stories serve as powerful reminders that recovery and transformation are possible for anyone, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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