Choosing Action

Hello, My name is James Schweinsberg (Jimpat). I have been in recovery from heroin since December 27, 2013. I struggled with heroin addiction on and off for 10 years. I had spurts of recovery, like nine months here or three months there. In December of 2013 I was arrested and placed in the Kenosha, WI county jail. I was arrested for a warrant for not paying child support. I was on current parole and while …

Lived Experience

I am a person with “lived experience.” This video is about my life and struggles with addiction and depression which nearly ended my life on numerous occasions and my long, hard fight that, with the help of a few special people, led me to recovery. I can proudly say that as of January 7, 2017 I have been 11 years drug-free! Of course It wasn’t an easy fight. It was by far one of …
My name is Megan. I am 30 years old. I am married with two children. I have been abstinent from heroin and meth for three years now. I started using drugs at the age of 21. Heroin was my substance of choice. Three rehabs in five years did nothing for me because I felt there was no reason to change. At the age of 26, I was out one night. I was very high and …

Joy And Happiness

I am a woman in long-term recovery, nine years. There is hope and we do recover. I still take it one day at a time. Easy does it. For me, it keeps it simple and achievable. My drug of choice was alcohol. I used to joke that I was a functioning alcoholic, but looking back that is not very funny. I had a lot of yets. I didn’t get a DUI or jail time, so …
How do I even start? I was just a typical, suburban, middle-aged, married mother of three with a full-time job. I was the one with the husband always working on our pretty yard. We had two cars in the garage and two dogs. We barbequed on the weekend while watching football and NASCAR. So what happened? Well, one day in 2002, I came to in a holding cell with stitches over my eye. I was …

Born to Recover

No man is an island. That’s how the saying goes. The way I grew up, though, made me feel like I was. Those in recovery will understand another phrase: white-knuckling it. It describes a person who is abstinent, but hasn’t started the work of recovery. When I was in this condition, I was just one excuse away from relapsing. I came out of the womb white-knuckling it. From the moment I was born, nothing in …
The day for me, the one that changed everything, was July 2, 1996. That was my first day in recovery. The date prior marked the last time I would use any drugs or alcohol. What an adventure that was. I remember walking into the emergency room that night. I had smoked a joint and finished a couple of bottles of beer in the parking lot in a friend’s mom’s minivan. We were both teenagers, he …
August 17, 2012 was just another day. I was slowly getting over what I dubbed the worst year of my teenage life, gaining confidence in myself. I’d found a friend group I thought I’d be around until I was old and senile. That day began a three-year journey I still struggle with, even with the recovery time I’ve racked up. My boyfriend at the time, a 19-year-old who lied about pretty much his whole life, …
Kayla Small

Going the Distance

To date, I’ve completed more than 75 marathons and ultra-marathons. In the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, I was an accomplished member of the local running community, and well respected as a mom, a professional, and an athlete. In truth, I was anxious and fearful, self-medicating with alcohol, and trying desperately to keep my struggles hidden. Over time, I began spiraling out of control. I finally entered treatment on April 17, 2006, and took my …

My Son Has A Name

We lost our 26-year-old son Dawson on March 1, 2014 to an accidental heroin overdose. Dawson was just three days out of a month-long rehab facility. He came home too soon and too sick. Dawson aged out of our insurance policy while he was in rehab. And even though we, Dawson’s parents, were the guarantors of payment at his rehab facility, we feel he was rushed out and sent home before he was ready. We’re …