Jayme is a recovering addict who has been clean since June 20th, 2013

My name is Jayme and I am a recovering addict. I have been battling my addictions to drugs and alcohol since 2005. I went to my first treatment facility when I was 15 years old. I didn't believe that my addiction would kill me. In 2012, I remember thinking to myself "my life is never going to change. I am going to get high until the day I die."

Many hospital visits, grand mal seizures, and accidental overdoses later, I can look you in the eye and tell you that I know for certain my disease will kill me. June 20, 2013 was the last time I put any substance into my body. I am now a proud staff member of the treatment center that I went to and the personal chef of our sister program that specializes in mental health.

When I came to Utah, I was so broken and lost that I was literally willing to do anything that was suggested to me. I completed 60 days of inpatient, 30 days of transitional living and 90 days of sober living. I started working in a treatment center at 3 months sober and have been in the industry ever since.

There are many things that I have to do on a daily basis to keep myself sober. One of which is reminding myself of the day that I accepted that my life was never going to change. Another is my new found hobby; running. This year I have run two series (5K, 10K, 15K), three half marathons and a Ragnar relay. I have a 2 year old, blue heeler mix named Lola. She is my everything. I adopted Lola a week after my one year sobriety birthday.

I am not ashamed of my past, my past is what got me to where I am today. I live an awesome life today that I wouldn't trade for anything. I get to be a daughter, a sister and a friend. I know that I am not "cured". Unfortunately the disease that I have is incurable, but I am able to live a long and healthy life so long as I do the daily things that are necessary for me to stay sober.

I feel like I have a purpose in life today and I am so grateful for everyone who has supported me and walked this journey with me. Recovery is beautiful and has a lot to offer to anyone who is willing to do the work. I have seen the miracle of recovery work in those who fight for it and unfortunately I have also seen the lives lost of those who fought against it. I know from experience, that it is not easy to get sober and it may seem so far fetched, but it isn't, it just takes a few "yes's" where you want to say "no".