Francois Swanepoel

My name is Francois Swanepoel, Grateful Recovering Addict. I was not always this grateful. Grew up in a very good home, two loving parents, two awesome siblings, of which I am the spoiled 3rd youngest. From what I can remember we never struggled financially, always had food to eat, got an education from good schools, overwhelmed with love, was taught spirituality, and so much more!! I took everything so for granted… I was always rebellious towards my dad, why Im still to this day not to sure. My mother spoiled me A LOT because of my broken relationship with my dad. And I certainly created more conflict so that I can be spoiled even more. Never did anything for myself. And so my story goes on… I ended up drinking at the age of 13, drunk my 1st time, smoking weed that same year… vouched to never do that again, cool… went through high school an alcoholic, sex addict and a attention seeker. Always had to be the Cool kid with all the nicest stuff, treating woman like crap and expecting the same spoils from life as what I have received from my mom. And so I became an Addict at a very young age, went on to do all sorts of drugs when I went to varsity, started dealing, jail, close encounters with death… Until I have driven those closest me to breaking point, I once again people pleased and went to rehab for 6 months.. knowing im only doing it to get out and use again… Came out and after 3 months relapsed… BADLY!!! And suddenly all I thought I didn’t learn in rehab suddenly made sense. I came to a place where I had to change my life. I needed a solution… how did I mess up my life and my future so easily?? So I went back to rehab, determined to redeem myself. Got broken down, to be built up again. Found a higher power and walked the STEPS. Unfortunately my story did not end there……

Francois in Addiction

Francois in Addiction