He Tried To Quit Countless Times, But The Drugs Always Won. And Then This Puppy Came Along...

February 4, 2014

Reddit user EricSanderson has been struggling with a serious drug addiction for years. He tried to quit countless times, but never could get past the hump. Here is his remarkable story, and how he finally beat his addiction:

I was addicted for four and a half years, and I lost a lot along the way. This was the first new car I bought, two months after I finally paid it off.

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I tried to quit a dozen times, but could never achieve escape velocity. I needed a stronger source of motivation, and I decided on a puppy. A small, helpless puppy who would suffer if I made the wrong choices with my money and time. This is the picture from the breeder's ad.

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Unfortunately, old habits were still hard to break. Here he is in bad need of a haircut. He eventually got ear mites and I had to borrow money to pay the vet bill. It broke my heart, and I finally said enough.

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I spent four torturous days and nights in this bed, tossing and turning and cramping and sweating and cursing and puking and crying. He never left my side.

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When I stopped shaking, we started taking lots and lots and lots of walks.

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On one walk in a Sandy-damaged town we found a newborn kitten abandoned in a debris pile. His eyes were crusted over and he couldn't move; he just sat there whimpering. I was certain he was going to die on the way to the police station.

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The police called the Humane Society, who somehow managed to save his life. Seriously, those people are miracle workers.

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We went to visit a couple weeks later, and someone had already called dibs on adopting him. He was blind in one eye but eating like a champion. The HS folks named him Daredevil.

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After five and a half months I was feeling better than I ever had in my life. Woodstock was getting his haircuts on time (sometimes too short) and we ready for football season. GO BIRDS!

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He even got to spend some time with his grandparents and his best friend, Ozzie, because daddy had officially rejoined the world. I was cliff diving when this picture was taken.

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It was a long four and a half years. I lost some things that I will never get back, and I have some scars that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. But I'm ten months clean, I'm fixing what I can, and I have the happiest, funniest and most loyal damn companion a man could ever ask for. Which is nice...

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