Survivor Series- Amira’s Story

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My name is Amira Ismail, I am from Zamfara state and this is my survivor story. I grew up in a house where I had no mother, my father divorced my mother when I was 5 years old and I was given to one of my father’s many wives. I didn’t really get much attention from her so I had to make my own way in the world. But at least I had a bit of stability because even if I didn’t have my mother with me I at least had a father. But unfortunately, when I was in SS3 my father died.

After the death of my father we the young ones were distributed amongst our elder siblings, I was sent to live with my brother and his wife and that was how my ordeal began. I gained admission immediately after secondary school into the University of Abuja to study law.

I told myself I would use this opportunity to make a life for myself because life at home was unbearable. My brother’s wife was a wicked witch. I was under so much emotional and psychological trauma that I resorted to hard drugs. I took any kind of drug I could get my hands on.

It got so bad that my brother chased me out of his house because I was always high, that was how I found myself with nowhere to go. My education suffered too because I couldn’t focus on anything, all that mattered to me was where I could get my next high. My family members held several interventions for me but none worked because getting high was the only way I felt alive and human.

Finally, it was decided that I would be sent back to my mum. My mum took charge of my issues and sent me to a rehabilitation center. It wasn’t easy but at that point, I was also ready to get my life in order. I was tired of the disgusted and pitiful looks I was always getting.

The withdrawals were so bad that I thought of giving up more than once but I stayed strong because I didn’t want to disappoint my mother after just getting her back. After I left rehab I went back to school and finished my law degree. I am currently in law school.

Beating addiction is not easy. Sometimes I still get urges but I always fight them because I don’t want to go back to the dark place I was in. To anyone struggling with addiction out there I am here to tell you that you can beat it because you are stronger than it.


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