Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Little About Me


My name is Ginny D Williams. I'm a 37 year old mother, wife, daughter,and friend. I'm also an entrepreneur/business owner and many other things, but most of all I'm a recovering ADDICT. The only reason I tell people this is because I think I can help by sharing my story of addiction, struggles and constant recovery and how it's helped mold me into the person I am today. What do I get out of it, you ask? Feeling good about myself , which makes me want to help other people achieve the same thing and more.

For many, many years, I have struggled with addiction. Who knows why, but here's what I think. For me I think it was a combination of things like extremely low self-esteem, diagnosed by age 4yrs with ADHD, so then being medicated with ritalin 3 times a day and meleril at night. My parents both worked, my Dad worked 2 jobs most of the time, though I wasn't left alone.
I guess my problems didn't get worse until I entered high school. I experienced my first illegal drug at the age of 16yrs old. To begin with, it was just pot. I smoked on and off, ( whenever I knew someone that had any) until I started working and could afford to buy it myself.
I got married in 1990 and had our fisrt child in August of the same year. Eventually, it got to the point wher I was smoking every day, then all day every day. Then I decided I wanted to try cocaine. So, my husband got us some. Eventually that turned into the same thing, but by now, I couldn't breathe through my nose. So, what do you think I did next? You guessed it! I started smoking it.
Well, to move this story along a little,by late 1998 early 1999, by then we had a daughter, we were doing it all the time, oh that's right, my husband and I were both doing it. This nonsense went on until my husband didn't have a job any more. By this point, we were in the process of being evicted, none of our bills had been paid , the only reason we had food was because my parents bought it. We were stilling smoking crack.
Then, on July 31,2002, I woke-up and it just clicked. Don't know exactly what it was,but it was time to come clean and stay that way. I'll save what happens next for the next installment, but for now I just want everyone to know that it can be done and that includes bettering your self-steem. I'm coming up on my 6th year of sobriety and I have to say,"It feels amazing" to accomplish something you didn't think you could.

Now, I run 2 businesses from the comfort of my home, always available to my family. If you're here reading this, won't you check out these 2 wonderful companies and what they can offer you personally and proffessionally.
This is one of many installments, so please subscribe or keep checking back. I'll continue to share my story and also be making some reccommendations on businesses, products, programs and many more.






My struggles with addiction and how I rose above and started making a name for myself. Come see what I'm doing now!




18 comments:

Gregory said...

Congrats Ginny, Continue growing by sharing.

God Bless

Gregory
founder of www.MoonlightingAtHome.com

margeshrakeMyMangosteen said...

Ginny, First of thanks for sharing your story as many of us have similar stories to share...You are awesome, now you know that god had a plan for you all along! He allows us these human mistakes, so that he can mold us into the people that we are today...thanks for this story as it will empower others along the way as they stumble, they will learn from people as yourself...always, Marge

SADE POWERS said...

I am so proud of you Ginny! Congrats! Thank you for sharing your story ,it is truely inspiring. Blessing from Atlanta.

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SONIA said...

GINNY YOU HAVE AMAZING STRENGHT, YOU TOOK A LOOK AT WHERE YOU WERE AND DECIDED THAT YOU HAD GONE FAR ENOUGH IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, THAT YOU WANTED TO GO TOTALLY 360 DIRECTION FOR THE BETTER OF YOUR-SELF AND OTHERS. MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU AND I APPLAUDE YOU. CONTINUE TO STAND FIRM AND IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

A FRIEND ALWAYS
SONIA

Sandy Lee said...

Congratulations Ginny!

What could have been a very tragic story has turned out beautifully!!

I had a run in with drugs myself, as a teen, but "something" kept me from going all the way with it.
God had his hand on me even then, keeping me from tragedy after tragedy.
I could not see it then, but I am amazed at how He watched out for me time and time again in spite of myself!
I know you can say the same thing!!
Isn't God good, Ginny?!?
We truly are blessed!!

I know your blog can help a lot of people see that maybe there really is something beyond drugs and/or alcohol.
Thank you for sharing this!

Your Friend always
Sandy Lee

shaundeidra said...

Your are a living testimony of God's unfailing power of redemption. I am so proud of you and yet, I dont even know you. thank you for sharing your story and continuing to grow.

SeasideMolly said...

Thanks so much Ginny for sharing your story. It will impact and encourage others. "You can have everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." That quote by Zig Ziglar applies to the recovery from addiction as well as entreprenurial endeavor. Congratulations on you successes!

I am blessed to call you my friend.
Have a great day!
:)
Molly

Shirazi said...

I am moved by this success story. Well done. And it's a big job. Congrats.

Home Biz Connection said...

Ginny,

I just read your blog. What a powerful and encouraging statement for all those who are suffering from addiction. I too, at one point and time was headed down the exact same road. It ruined my marriage and would have completely destroyed my life if God, with His still small voice, hadn't made me realize that I had to make a change!

I wish you all the blessings, strength and success you need!

Congats...Ginny!

Charles

Tim said...

Hi Ginny!

I am so glad you found a way out of the situation your were in. I have a son that has gone through a similar circumstance over a period of years. I believe he has finally kicked the habit too.

As you know, It can be a long process to recovery. No matter what friends and family do or say, it has to be a personal decision to wake up and decide to quit...not that it is easy, but it starts with you deciding to help yourself.

I am glad I know you Ginny. You have a great testimony. You are a TRUE SUCCESS STORY!

Tim

Josh Clayton/anandaji said...

Hello, Ginny.

That is a wonderful thing to have overcome all of that. Sure, no matter what life is full of unpredictability, some predictability, adventure and all of that. But indeed, no matter what if you do it right, you are a winner. That's what I get from it all when I think about stories like yours and even my own. So, I end by quoting Nietzsche, "That which does not hurt me, makes me stronger." That is real for me, and real for you, for strength comes through experience and experience only in the most genuine conscious and conscientious senses. With love,

Joshua Clayton.

P.S. Go on ezinearticles.com and enter my name "Joshua Clayton", and read my material. It will help you as it has helped me writing it. Thank you.

Laura said...

That brought a tear to my eye Ginny. Love you. hugsxxxooo

flaviaf said...

Congrats Ginny. God bless you and continue to give you the strenght everyday.

Anonymous said...

God Bless you Ginny!! Keep on, Keepin' on!! You are blessed with a family and all you have!!

Andy

Flo said...

Your story is so beautiful, I know where you came from, because I was once there myself. Through the Grace of God. We are still here. Your story and God will keep you clean. Keep doing what you are doing. The truth will set you free, and continue on sharing your story. May God continue bless you.

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Anonymous said...

you did a great, i am proud that you are now more responsible citizen, a better human being and a nice swom friend. keep it up.

Anonymous said...

stevesam here. I have been in recovery for 19 years from alcohol
addiction. My youngest Sean has 12 years in program. Troy, my oldest son sounds like you, has 6 months in NA. Troy has a friend named Jennifer, where I live in Virginia, also sounds similar to your story.
Trying to stay annonymous!

Troy lost his job-business in
Colorado, where we moved from
six months ago. I am retired with
family here in Virginia.

I know all must do whatever will work for them to stay clean and sober. My family attends various meetings during the week, AA and Na and Alanon.

I hope this has been helpful.

stevesam

Randy said...

Ginny, Thanks for the blog. You already know I have tried almost every drug out there, with two notable exceptions. As a chemical engineer with a strong chemistry minor.(three more semester hours and I would have a BS there too).
Meth and Crack were the two I left alone because if an amateur is cooking those you are looking at pure poison.I can readily get a hold of mushrooms, peyote and pot in their natural state so why should I bother with something some half-ass chemist has made?
I too am an addict. I have been an alcoholic since 1967. I use the alcohol to deal with PTSD. As far as being bipolar, Under hypnosis they have identified seven distinct personalities. Attention deficit, hahaha. My IQ came in at 163. I was bored to tears. Only a few teachers have ever challenged me. When allowed to run on my own I got straight A's. When it was memorize and regurgitate class lectures the best I usually did was a C. Suicidal? I have survived six attempts and thought about it dozens more.
I am totally convinced that a majority of the problems today come from man-made crap. Preservatives, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, bleached, processed,fortified, etc.... are the things effecting kids today.
Food allergies have also been blamed yet in many cases it is because of the processing. The educational system, lawyers, doctors and corporations looking for the buck are the primary culprits.
Crack and meth would not even be around if we either legalized or at least decriminalized the real stuff. Remember, Winston Churchill ran the Brits during WWII and he was an opium addict. Like I said at the beginning, I have been an alcoholic for 44 years. I never missed work, had a DWI or did any jail time due to alcohol. I get drunk every night so that when the nightmares of PTSD hit, I just roll over and go back to sleep. Most of my friends and all of my children have never seen me drunk but I have been there every night.