Wow, what an amazing, awesome story!!!! From one who has also been there — and has been delivered from it’s horrendous grip, I’m SO happy for you!!! The how matters little, it’s all in the end result. My monster was pain medication — of which I used to swallow anywhere from 4–7 at once, and now living with chronic pain — I have to take them as prescribed. For me, God took the euphoria away. I no longer “feel the high” from narcotics — and believe you me…. it’s a gift from God. I hate that you had to suffer for so long, but as the Big Book says.. it’s truly either death, jails, or institutuions.
You really need to be sharing this on a much larger scale….. Your writing is quite good, and your story is phenomenal!!!