I am from Crown Point, New Mexico. I had both parents when I was growing up and I had brothers and sisters and I had grandparents. But I didn’t have a pet. I wanted to be a firefighter when I grew up.
My parents drank alcohol and I started drinking alcohol when I was a teen. I started drinking to feel better and be happy, but I want to stop drinking. And, my drug of choice is weed, and I’ve used it for as long as I can remember. I was emotionally and physically abused when I was a kid and I started smoking weed to forget how bad my life was, but I want to stop smoking weed. Alcohol and weed has affected my life BAD and took everything away and now as I write this, I’m in jail.
I played football in school and it was very important to me, but I was kicked-off the football team because my grades weren’t good enough. I had trouble in school and made bad grades. My teachers were not good with me.
I had a few friends in school but I didn’t have a trusted adult I could talk with.
I didn’t attend church when I was growing up, but I do believe in God.
I never learned to play a musical instrument, but I enjoyed drawing landscapes.
I’m divorced and I have five kids and the possibility of my kids using drugs makes me feel bad. I wouldn’t want my kids using drugs like I am.
I have a very good relationship with my kids, but I lost my kids to social services. When they were with me, I didn’t take them to church, and I didn’t teach them about Jesus. And just like what happened to me when I was a kid, I physically and emotionally hurt my kids. And, I’m sorry for it, I want to make things right with them, and I will do everything I can to make things right with them. And, I’ll try my best to make everything right with them.
If I could change anything, I would change everything.
What is my advice for Kids Like Me? Reach for the stars - never stop.
If I woke-up tomorrow morning and everything in my life was perfect, what would that look like? Awesome.
Thank You, Limbert, for sharing your story. You and your kids are kids like me.
Inspirational Quotes to Help You Overcome
“…sometimes all people need is a little bit of hope…” Mayor Ty Coleman, Alamosa.
“It won’t be like this forever.” Addiction makes a person feel hopeless and trapped. It controls us and makes us forget who we used to be. But the path of recovery is a step towards gaining control of your life once again. You no longer have to be a slave to the disease. And with sobriety, it is possible to gain back that sense of freedom you felt you lost so long ago.
“No matter what the situation is, remind yourself “’I have a choice.” Sobriety is a choice. Ultimately, it’s up to us – and us alone – to come out of denial and make the first step towards recovery. Likewise, when we’re faced with an unexpected setback or a strong urge to use, we have the power to determine the outcome. Effective treatment can help us identify and overcome our triggers, as well as allow us to make our own decisions about how to respond.
“You are stronger than you think.” A lot of us think there’s no way we’ll ever be able to give up drugs or alcohol, but we underestimate the strength within ourselves. Sure, the easier route may be to give up and go back to our old ways, but we are fully capable of beating this disease once and for all. All it takes is focus, determination, and hard work.
“When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”
“You’re worth it.” Many of us suffer from low self-esteem, which, in turn, perpetuates the cycle of addiction. But struggling with an addiction doesn’t mean we’re incapable, weak, or unworthy. And it certainly doesn’t mean we can’t change our lives around and move past the disease that has been holding us back. We are all worthy of being happy and of living our lives to the fullest. Embrace your worth as a human being and never settle for anything less than the healthy, happy, and sober life you deserve. Nobody ever said getting clean was easy, and it takes discipline to maintain it long-term. And while the uphill climb may seem impossible at first, the end result is one of the most rewarding accomplishments you’ll ever experience. The reward is regaining your life and reaching your true potential, making the hard work at the beginning totally worth it.
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Until next time, remember, Jesus Loves You, and JESUS IS LORD!