Because you have the group I’m able to see the struggles that others are posting and i get to pray over them. I also love being able to give visuals in the room. Truth photos and videos.
I lost my brother to a heroin overdose 4/7/17. I was at the time currently very active in my pain pill addiction. I told my dr I wanted off the opioids when my brother had died. It took two months almost 3. I searched for groups and came across faces of opioids in December 2017. I joined. I absolutely fell in love. I had a place I could talk about my addiction, recovery and most of all my brother. I received more support in here than I have ever experienced. I found a home. I loved it here so much I wanted to help. I became a moderator. I met a family everyone accepted me for who I was and it’s truly a judgement free zone! I’m now an admin. I adore my FOO family. I hope if you are reading this and you need help or to just chat you please hit up any of us. This is a family.
Never thought Addiction would happen to me!
This group has helped me with my fiancé’s addiction. I never would have thought I’d be battling addiction. It never came to mind that people out here are actually addicted to drugs. I was raised in a family where I was sheltered. I didn’t know people had problems with addiction. When I turned 18, I fell in love, with my now fiancé. He started using drugs at the age of 15. I met him when he was 23. I knew he was an addict, I just didn’t know the serverity of it. I knew he took things here and there, but never thought I’d be affected. I introduced him to my family and they automatically turned on him due to his use of drugs. I felt alone. I had to fight this battle with him by myself. I didn’t have the support system I needed to be able to cope with his addiction. As the year went on, things got worse. He was introduced to my aunts boyfriend at the time and found out about Heroin. He started doing H a lot. Eventually, we moved out of state to get him off of it and hope for the best. We moved to Louisiana and he found Heroin there, not only did he find it, but his co worker was selling it. He began to buy and use it everyday. I finally was able to convince him to go to rehab. His dad and I drove him 4 hours away to a rehab for him to detox and get clean with help, he was there for 3 days and found a stranger to give him a ride back home. He was back in full blown addiction. He thought he was safe because he was off the needle, but things weren’t any better. He continued to do heroin for about another year, and finally he had enough. His dad gave him a number to an outpatient rehab and he called them. The next day, he was on a bus back home to attend rehab. He completed the program and is now sober. This group has been there when I didn’t have anyone else to turn to. I’m an admin of the group, but even before then I was able to post and get encouragement and support without judgement. Addicts are judged way to often for their addiction. It’s not something you can just flip a switch and turn off. It’s a long and hard road, but if it meant saving a life, I would do it all over again. The members of this group are what keeps it going. They are so supportive of everyone else going through the same thing. It’s such a wonderful thing to bring everyone together and give encouragement and support along the way of fighting a demon. I want to thank Melissa Anne Dunford, not only for creating the group, but everything she’s done for the group and to bring awareness and end the stigma against addicts. I also want to thank each and every volunteer for all the hard work they put in to make this group great! I love my family at Faces of Opioids! 💕