Also, I changed people, places and things.
I even moved to a different state thinking I had out ran my substance issues. Not less than two years later, I was back in Arizona, strung out on drugs, then back in Perryville. I was sentenced to another year for drug charges. On my second sentence I was again convinced I would stay sober and find happiness. This time, I decided I was going to think my way out of addiction, plus get back into exercise. I studied hard and received my GED. The second chance program was new in prison and I took that. I left Perryville with a GED and a job.
Not less than six months after being released, I was high again, back in Perryville with a four year sentence and a four year probation tail. This time I was really going figure it out and I was gifted with plenty of time to do it. Since I already had my GED, I enrolled in Rio Salado for my associate in work force reentry. I started to work out and eat right but kept it balanced. Mainly, I found God and started to do a lot of soul searching and working on the inside. I read all the self-help books I could read. I read the bible from front to back. I took and later taught anger management, parenting, domestic violence and The Way Out (a 12step program). My belief in a Higher Power encouraged me to help others.