The Day I Was Set Free, by Brittany

The Day I Was Set Free, by Brittany

I remember the day.

The air was cool and crisp against my skin; it was spring time in Detroit. I woke up early, maybe 7am – made coffee for the family and started getting ready. At this point I had a routine. Everyday I would get up, go to a 10am meeting, go to the gym then finish my day at work. But this day was different somehow. It was beautiful outside, not a cloud in the sky, the sun was shining and it was warm on my skin. I had the music turned up and the sunroof open. Everything felt so intense – the wind on my hair, the sun against my skin, the cool breeze on my face, the colors of the leaves finally coming back after a long winter.

I went to my meeting as usual. I saw everyone I always see there and they congratulated me on having 5 months. I went to the gym and I was so pumped to get a good workout in. I finished up, went home and then worked from 4-midnight.

I remember locking up the gym when my shift ended. I looked down at the keys in my hand. I immediately started crying, I don’t know what came over me but I couldn’t control it. Just the thought alone that someone trusted ME, of all people, with keys to their business that they worked so hard for.

I sat there for a few minutes overwhelmed with gratitude. These blessings and promises everyone always talked about were coming true.

For so long, I wasn’t even allowed at family gatherings because everyone was afraid I would steal from their purses and coats. My mom would sleep with her purse and car keys under her pillow. My baby sister would hide her piggy bank from me. Anytime anyone knew I was coming over, all valuables got locked up and they counted their money before to make sure the same amount was there once I left. I legitimately frightened people. Whether it was the 85 pound skeleton with no personality that they were looking at or the fact that I would get violent the second someone argued or disagreed with me, my friends and family lived in fear daily for 7 long years.

This was the day that I realized I had changed, I had grown up, I became a strong woman in sobriety. This was the day I began to appreciate the little things – the birds chirping, the stars shining in the darkness. The freedom I found that day is indescribable.

To some, this story may seem small and insignificant. To me, this is the day I realized I had finally taken my life back. It was the day I decided to not live in fear. This was the start of a life I could have never imagined when I was running the streets of Detroit, when I was homeless in 4 different states, putting tens of thousands of dollars into my veins.

The one thing I have prayed for since I was 14 years old was peace and happiness. Real, pure, honest happiness. This was the day I found that.

Brittany Sherfield

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  1. Cassidy January 19, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I needed this today.. Thank you.

  2. Kady Helms January 19, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    That is absolutely amazing. I too remember my day of freedom, and everything felt SO intense. It was very overwhelming. All things fall together with time. Freedom from addiction is a miracle. I had someone once tell me, it’s impossible, nobody makes it out of a heroin addiction. I looked at them and said, that isn’t true, because I did and I continue to. Congratulations! I love following your guys blog. Stories like yours and mine really do change lives, and lately I’ve been seeing it and hearing about how my sharing has done that for others. I am so happy for you having found that freedom!

    • Katie February 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much and congratulations to you as well! – Brittany

  3. Sparrow January 19, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Beautiful testimony!!! What a great way to share with others…………. There is Always Hope!!!!! We serve an AWESOME God?

  4. Lillian Jacobson January 19, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. This inspires me not to give up on my daughter. I look forward to the day, she writes a similar testimony of freedom.

    God Bless You,
    Lillian Jacobson

    • Ember Burnham January 19, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Never give up on your daughter.. I don’t know how bad the situation is but every child needs there mother I am someone’s daughter also a recovering addict.. Believe me when I say this she will remember who stuck by her .. I have been clean for 2 years my mom showed me tuff love but NEVER gave up on me ..I pray for you and your family and your daughter..❤❤?

    • Katie February 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Never give up Lil ❤

  5. Ember Burnham January 19, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Honey ,I hope you get this Brittney’ …I can feel everything your talking about!! It is beutiful !! I’m so happy and proud of you even though I don’t know you ! ,,,But addiction is so evil ..I am my self in recovery ..It’s a.scary battle …But my family is so worth it I have been clean off dope for 2 years it’s been a long hard road ..I understand you more than you know …I just wanted to let you know how much this has touched me to were I had to hold my tears in from everything you were saying …. The pain the happiness everything,!❤ Being in recovery is always so hard and scary ..I know now I will always be a recovering addict scary as hell I wish I could rewind time and take it all back to the first day I tried pills to cover my pain …It went from pills to heroin . Never thought in a million years ! I never hurt anyone. Are anything for my addiction but myself! But I’m clean now…And thank God everyday that I’m alive and I have my husband and kids to keep me going and keep me strong and straight!! Thank u for listening …Keep up the good work..

    • Britany February 1, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

      I am so proud of you! It is a long, terrifying road but god does it feel good to be clean. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and I wish you nothing but the best!

    • Katie February 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Hi it’s Brittany! Thank you so much! It is a hard road but would I take any of it back? No. It made me the woman I am today. I wouldn’t have the courage to speak out had I not gone through all of this. You are a warrior and I am always here rooting for you!

  6. Roberta Horner February 3, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I am the mother of an addict and want for her to see that come everyday is a struggle I fear the worst thank you for sharing your journey

  7. Deana March 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    You’re a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul Brittany! You stood tall and strong and took your LIFE BACK!
    You’re amazing, you’re worthy, you are a shining example of determined strength.

    I’ll never give up on my daughter. My soul is shattered beyond repair, but I’ll never stop praying and hoping she finds her inner light. Somehow, some day, some way…

    • Katie March 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      This is Brittany – Deana I am an interventionist, recovery coach and my mom is a family coach. If you need anything at all – guidance, support, to talk, sessions, healing, ANTHING, please reach out to us. It is time for Deana to be whole again.

  8. Corrine Cook March 18, 2017 at 4:05 am - Reply

    I needed to read this tonight!! Thank you and congratulations!! I can’t wait for my day of freedom!! I hope it happens soon!! God bless you and your family!!??????

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