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This is me in Dec 1995. This is me in Dec 2017. I overcame addiction, homelessness, and a history of incarceration. Been sober 20 years next month.

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This is me in Dec 1995. This is me in Dec 2017. I overcame addiction, homelessness, and a history of incarceration. Been sober 20 years next month.

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29 Comments

  1. tubesockkk

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Are you in a documentary called “the dark end of the street?”

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  2. Xenoguru

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Hi Tracy. I used to frequently post on the opiates board a few years back and always admired your passion and all the harm reduction you personally are responsible for. I was towards the end of 12 years of off and on usage and honestly never saw myself quitting.

    Today I have 3 years 4 months and 6 days away from heroin. I’m not going to Karma whore and say you inspired me or anything like that, I was lucky some and work hard to keep what I have earned but without people like you I don’t think people like me would ever have a chance. Hugs from a stranger across the miles.

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  3. traceyh415

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I have to go to sleep unfortunately. Assuming there are more comments, I’ll answer them in them in the morning. Thank you for your kind words.,

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  4. SchrubSchrubSchrub

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I feel like Im still pretty fresh into sobriety, it’ll be 3 years this May. My biggest problem is that I feel like ive done enough to get my life back on track, and now I have no idea what to do with it. I’ve overcome alcoholism, heavy drug use, prostitution, and now I feel like I can’t overcome being a barista.

    I feel really pretty comfortable in my sobriety and where I am in life, but it has really felt empty lately.

    I’m really happy you have done so well though, I hope when im 20 years sober I can do half as much to help people overcome addiction like you have
    💜💜💜

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  5. AbeVigodasDICK

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    You were in the Lost Boys ?

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  6. jeremiah2911-

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Tracy I grew up around SF and you have always been an inspiration to me. I saw the documentary way back, and have seen a lot of your posts on the forums. Thank you. Just thank you.

    You have helped not only me but more people than you will ever meet or know.

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  7. pandorasfix

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Great to see that you are doing well. I used to work in the ED at our small hospital. It made me so sad to see people decline in their drug use. What can random people do to help? Is there anything that actually does help, or is it all a personal decision that has to come from the inside?

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  8. PM_ME_CRYPTO_COINS

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Congrats and here’s to another 20 years of sobriety!

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  9. Usr_Nme_Chks_Out

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Your eyes say “ I’ve been through a lot, I know a lot, yet here I am”

    Very nice picture

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  10. novaseeker

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Good for you. I’m 13 years sober, I hope to make it to 20 one day.

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  11. Choke_M

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Help me

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  12. redbob333

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Wow, I didn’t know you were a redditor Tracy!

    I’m a college student in the Bay Area and we read your book in my English class this summer. You actually answered a few of our classes questions in a video. Your story was super impactful to me and many of my classmates. My cousin died of an overdose when I was 12, and it was a very similar story to yours. I used to resent him a lot for reasons related to this, but your story really helped me to understand him and what he went through more.

    Thank you for sharing your story, it really does make a difference.

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  13. aaronthenia

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    As you said that you had quit several times, what stuck for you that made you want to quit for good?

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  14. GasPoweredStick92

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Word up. Good on you. Here’s to twenty more. I’m a recovering addict, I got onto benzos and opiates after getting back from my second tour in Afghanistan, and it nearly ruined my career and life. I ended up divorced, and my superiors were starting to suspect that I was abusing my medication, so I took my 30 days leave and detoxed by myself at home. But, alas, I knew it wouldn’t be long before something else replaced it. Bath salts, spice, cough and cold pills, whatever legal thing I could use to get high. I secretly found a drug counselor, started going to NA, and now I’m a year clean. I know it’s a small step compared to yours, but I will myself every day to not be that person anymore, not only for my new wife and our baby girl, but for myself most of all. I tell my story at NA anytime I see new people who need to hear it, I tell my story at Celebrate Recovery, and other meetings in my area. It always helps to tell it, it feels like I heal a little more every time. Anyway, I rambled way too long, but congratulations on 20 years. I just pray I have the strength to make it to that amazing milestone.

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  15. NulloK

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Hi Tracy

    Greetings from Denmark! Every year I teach 8th graders about drug addiction, and I always show them “Black tar heroin…”, which we then debate and discuss. The documentary makes a huge impression on them…It scares them…every year.

    Thanks and good luck! You rock!

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  16. [deleted]

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

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  17. phineasphreak

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Hey Tracey!

    You’re my favorite poster on that other subreddit. Always supportive & full of wisdom.

    Grats.

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  18. partanimal

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I just read through a lot of your posts and comments. You are an amazing person, full of strength, kindness, and inspiration.

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  19. RVNZA

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    In your modesty you forgot to mention all THE LIVES YOU HAVE SAVED.

    MINE INCLUDED. If it weren’t for the Narcan you sent me, I would be 6ft under right now. You are literally a life saver and a guardian angel. Thank you so much.

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  20. Papoosaloosa

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    You’re about the only OP that I’ve seen respond to every one. It is obvious you not o my give a damn about yourself now- but all of us too. Keep it going sister

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  21. iandclxvi

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I’ve seen that documentary and thought it was you! Super gritty so cool to see you have recovered !!!

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  22. Sexwithhorses

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    As a semi frequent poster on the opiates board who has struggled with iv heroin addiction and also followed your posts/your blog, it’s awesome to see you make r/all front page!!! But most of all, thank you for everything you do ❤️❤️

    Edit: and I also ought to add that I’ve been free of heroin for 9 months now and counting!~

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  23. LegendaryFalcon

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Beating addiction, homelessness and incarceration – that’s one helluva job.

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  24. -JustShy-

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    In the first picture, you look like you would evaporate into nothing if you could just *will it*. You look…I don’t know…(better? like you’re trying?) in the second photo. Your eyes still look far away, though.

    I have addictions and I always try to fill the hole with something else, and I am starting to realize that the hole will always be there and pretending I can fix it will never work.

    I just have to accept that there is a hole that I can’t fill; an insatiable appetite that will consume me if I let it.

    I just have to not let it.

    But I can’t.

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  25. schrowa

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Good stuff! I know that’s not an easy path in this country. Thanks for inspiring others!

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  26. savtaytex

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Thank you for posting. My daughter is struggling with addiction. Even with people right in front of her that have overcome it, it doesn’t count cause it’s family. To see you able to overcome it all maybe She can too. You look amazing! I’m so proud of you (for what it means coming from a stranger). Thank you for posting.

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  27. IDraw2

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

  28. bbbdddeee

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

    The documentary you were in, Black Tar Heroin, really stuck with me. I am so glad you made it out!

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  29. Anonymous

    January 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

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