Hey everyone, it’s Ben! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story with you. I hope you have found it helpful in some way. This will be my last post and the end of my story (for now!).
In my last post, I described my rock bottom to you. Getting expelled wasn’t enough. Having no place to live and no job wasn’t enough. It took getting arrested and spending time in jail while I awaited sentencing to force me to get sober. It would have been much better if I had checked myself into rehab before the arrest. That would have saved me a lot of time, legal bills, and physical discomfort, as I had to go through withdrawals without any assistance in jail.
When I was finally sober enough, I knew I had to fix this. I had to fight this addiction and get my life back.
I hired a good lawyer (using a personal loan to pay her) who was able to make sure none of the charges stayed on my permanent record. I checked into rehab, where I learned a lot about myself and the nature of addiction. It was in rehab that I decided I wanted to help people like me, but also travel and have a nomadic lifestyle at the same time.
That’s when I decided to become an online therapist. I wanted to meet with clients through webcams and messages to counsel them with mental health and addiction issues while traveling the world and living a fun life.
I applied to another university and finished my degree, but changed my major to psychology instead of business. I went on to get a Master’s and my counseling license. I got a job where I started meeting patients in an office, and then slowly started moving my work completely to the online space.
I have paid off my legal fees and student loans. I get to travel the world and have amazing experiences (that do not include drug use), all while helping people from my computer. I don’t think I ever would have gone into counseling if it hadn’t been for my time spent in rehab, which of course never would have happened if I had never been addicted to drugs.
So in a way, I am thankful for my experience with drug addiction. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone or go through it again, but it definitely molded me into the person I am today and ultimately gave me a life I am excited to live.
If you are struggling with addiction, please get help. Talk to a doctor, therapist, or treatment center or write to me at least. You can have your life back, or have an even better life than before. I did it, so you can, too.