I just wanted to talk about my story and my continued fight to break the cycle of years of substance abuse and emotional trauma in my family. I can’t say when or how exactly it started but I know one thing was alcohol abuse took a large part in it. I’ve maybe talked to a few people about this, but growing up with an abusive and alcoholic father really messes up a kid. One night, I woke up to my dad coming home drunk, yelling around waking everyone up. Next thing you I try to start the fire while he’s yelling around, he comes up to me and grabs me by the hair and starts punching my head. Until this day, it still traumatizes me to think about what I went through. 

Then came High School feeling like I was out of place for the first few years. Then came Grade 10, Jarad’s song “All girls are the same” popped in my feed, and I began to feel all sorts feels listening to it. Skip by 5 years later, I’m still working to better myself. I kicked my dad out of our house, still wishing he’d sober up, I got my grade 12 after dropping out for a shitty mill job 

I’m 21 now and sober for 8 months. I got a job I like and was able to build a bad-@ss pc from it and only looking forward to good things in the future. If there’s anything I can say to help is to look at the good things in life. Look at the things you’ve accomplished. It really feels good when you take it all in. Love you all, take care and thx for reading 999. 


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