I was 19 the first time I ever did heroin. I have struggled with opiates and alcohol since I was 17, even getting kicked out of two high schools. For most of my adult life, I have been in a 12-step program.
This year would have been my 12th year sober.
I say “would have been” sober because even though I consider myself sober, some do not: I smoke weed every day. And I have for almost two years.
Some people call this Cali sober.
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