After testing positive for HIV, Jon fell into a deep addiction to crystal meth. He wanted a way out, but he just couldn’t find it. With help from a therapist, Jon was able to rediscover the power that was inside of him that had been numbed by the drugs, and he was able to start putting his life back together.
Hi my name is Jon. I’m 30 years old and I’m at a high point in my life. And there have definitely been some low points. And there’s definitely been some points where I have really been out of control and really been unable to be in control. After testing HIV-positive, I fell into a deep addiction to crystal meth. It numbed everything and that’s exactly what I wanted it to do. Anyone that’s ever been involved in crystal meth and in the party scene, it’s just a cycle and I was just involved in that cycle. And I always wanted a way out and I didn’t think there was, it was possible to have a way out. It didn’t register that I had the power to do that. There there wasn’t one shining moment that made me realize that my life was nothing. It was just a series of realizations of waking up, knowing that I had no money, knowing that I had no place to live. And these things just started to compound upon themselves and I found myself at a free clinic talking to a therapist and and it was really the beginning of the turning points. It was more about the reinstilling the power that that I knew was inside of me and then I just been numbed for so many years. So ten years after testing positive, I’m healthy and I’m active and in the process of overcoming that addiction I have found the greatest thing which was myself.