Let's give some love, support, encouragement and a big THANK YOU to Kim for sharing her testimony and inspiring us with her courage, experience, strength and hope.
Q: Could you briefly tell us about yourself?
A. My name is Kim Olearnick. I'm 30 years old. I'm originally from Mount Carmel. I've used since I was 14 years old. Addiction, abuse, chaos, all have been the core of my life. I never really wanted to be clean before. I always though my life was fine. That it was function-able. I grew in a mess of chaos. I tore through my family. Put myself on a pedestal. I managed to graduate high school and attend college. I had some decent jobs until my bottom. I had my son in 2009. Bradley, he's my world. I never thought I could love another human so much. When I got pregnant with him my dad got sick with cancer and after I had brad is when my addiction took off hard. In 2014 after years of theft, denial and pain I was arrested and incarcerated. Two days later my father...my best friend who I cared for dearly... died of cancer. I was numb for a while after that and angry. My family didn't associate with me. They showed me the tough love I needed. After a few months I finally surrendered to this disease. To god. To my powerlessness. It was then I knew my path to recovery would start there.
Q: What was your drug of choice?
A. My drug of choice is anything that will get me high.....but I have an extreme weakness for opiates,heroin,and most of all any benzos.
Q: What is your sobriety date?
A. April 22, 2014
Q: What is a slogan that best expresses your current point of view in recovery?
A. One day at a time.......I can't do this any other way.
Q: What are some daily practices and key aspects in your life that assist you in your recovery?
A. I wake up and ask my higher power to keep me sober and guide me in the directories has planned for me. I read the Just For today meditation. I try to talk to my sponsor and another person in recovery and I go to meetings.
Q: As a person in recovery, do you have any advice you could offer to someone looking to get clean?
A. Get to a meeting. Get a phone list. Find a sponsor. Call people on the phone list. Go to as many meetings as you can . Change your previous people places and things. Get a home group. Get involved take a commitment. One Day At A Time. You CAN do this!
Q: Addiction is affecting so many in Schuylkill County and abroad. It's very saddening. Any advice to people trying to help their loved ones to seek help?
A. It's not going to be an easy road. We as addicts do a lot of things that hurt our loved ones. Go to nar-anon. Get a counselor. Stay involved in our lives. Ask questions even when we get mad. Trust comes with time. Remember relapse happens so get them back in the rooms or to treatment asap. But don't forget to care about yourself. Without you being straight and healthy you can't help us either.
Q: Why are projects like "The Skook Recovers" important in this day and age?
A. because it gets the message out to not only to addicts that need help, but to the community to make them aware of how terrible this plague has taken over our lives.
Q: Could you tell us about the good things that your new life in recovery has brought to you and/or improved, including what you are grateful for?
A. Recovery has brought me so much. I'm so grateful for everything I have. I owe everything to my sobriety because without it I wouldn't have anything. I have gained custody of my son back, I have a nice apartment with an amazing boyfriend Alex, I have a job, my family is starting to be in my life and trust me, I have real relationships with people, I NEVER WAKE UP SICK, I have food, water, heat, clothes, the list goes on and on but most of all I HAVE MY SOBRIETY AND MY LIFE BACK and I'm so grateful for everyday I can live this way.
Q: Anything else you would like to add and/or people you would like to thank?
A. I just would like to say how awesome it is to be a part of this project and get the message out there. I just hope there is someone seeing that this thing we call recovery really can be done. I hope it helps them change their life. I'd like to thank God, my Dad, my family, Alex, Brad and everyone in my life that keeps me going. Together we can do this!
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