My uncle and I have a great Christmas tradition here on the ranch. Let me tell you all about it.

Every year on Christmas day, we always take the day off. A few of my uncles’ farmer friends come over, and we all eat a huge breakfast that we work on cooking. Bacon, eggs, pancakes, the works. Then we sit around the fire and we all open presents with each other. After that, my uncle breaks out his guitar, and we all take turns singing country versions of Christmas songs. It’s a real cowboy Christmas, and I love it.

I think back to that last Christmas I had on the streets of New York four years ago, and I think about the contrast between the Christmases I’m having now, and my mind is blown.

Four years ago, I was homeless on the street, trying to figure out how I was going to get my dope, and now here I am surrounded by warmth and friends and family, good food and good songs. I’ve never been happier. I’ve never been more at peace.

If you are struggling with addiction, I want you to know that you should never give up hope. You can turn your life around. You just have to be willing to ask for the help that you need.

A good place to start might be 12-step meetings. I’ve met quite a few awesome people in the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous. There’s a whole community of people who don’t use drugs or alcohol, and you could be one of them.

You may need to start out with detox and then inpatient treatment in a rehab like I did. Luckily, there are quite a few great rehab programs all over the country where you can go to get help. And that is certainly something that you will discover to be a factual statement once you start looking into your options. Don’t lose hope.

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