Aftab's Recovery Testimony
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I Aftab Hussain Sheikh, was brought up very well in my childhood. We were a small family – Mother/Father and my sister. I was also very good at my studies & went to a very good school in Mumbai. But slowly I began smoking in my school days, started picking up fights, my parents used to compare me with other children, when I used to quarrel or get into fights.
Slowly I felt like developing my own identity so I took to business while I was studying in STD 11 all this gave me a trip of power & money. I was self supporting by the age of 16. Slowly I behaved liked a “Big Brother” in my area & after passing my 10th, I began to get more responsible.
I got my younger sister married, then I felt I had finished my responsibility, After a few years, I felt that life was incomplete so I started using brown sugar and I thought doing drugs was ok as I was doing it from my own money.
I met a girl at the age of 22yrs, got married to her but since it was a love marriage, there were many misunderstanding between me & my wife’s parents this resulted in a divorce, also my addiction was a problem.
My Parents deserted me and left for U.S.A to stay with my sister& brother–in–law. I then began selling all the things at home. I got admitted to many centers like Seva–Dhan, Mukti–Sadan, B.M.C. but I could not leave my drug habit.
Someone suggested me to try “Parivartan” in Surat. I went there; it really helped me to forget my resentments and to understand all my faults and mistakes.
After getting clean I went to Mumbai, and worked in “Parivartan” rehab.
Slowly I held my self–responsible improved myself. Then again I found that I had no purpose in life & no existence as I was away from home & family so I worked here as a field worker in HIV/AIDS .This experience taught me a lot of new things.
Slowly I work out of “Parivartan” & bought a flat in Surat. Some friends of mine & Parivartan helped me to get married to a girl, who could understand me well, as I had told her about my addiction + previous marriage. But she accepted it all.
Today I live life as a very responsible man I Love my wife and my new job of helping my fellow addicts. In future I would like it continue this social job but also do more small business, so as to support my wife & child in Better ways. I wish that my children do not do the same mistake that I did.
Today although I do not have a good relationship with my parents, I respect & love them as I understand that they have given me the best that they could.