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Prop 36 has been helping people enter treatment and improve—and even save—their own lives since July 2001. Since then, over 60,000 Californians have completed drug treatment and had a good chance at recovery.

These are the stories of some of those people. If you would like to include your story, let us know by clicking on the "Submit Your Story" link above.



Stephanie O.

I would not be writing this if it wasn’t for Prop. 36. Prop. 36 saved my life! Numerous times in jail did not help me. A religious program did not help me. Even a prison term did not help. Only when I was offered Prop. 36 did I get help.

I was an I.V. drug user and meth smoker for the last 15 years. Prior to that I used cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, LSD and any other mind-altering substance I could on a daily basis for 35 years (since I was 11 year old).

I am now 46 years old and because of Prop. 36, I not only have a life but a happy, productive life as well. Prop. 36 has given me the tools to get clean and sober. These tools have helped me to get involved in my recovery. Through Prop. 36 I am now a member of Narcotics Anonymous and of service to other addicts. Prop. 36 has given me my self-esteem back, and has allowed (and helped) me to be a productive volunteer at the local Women Rehabilitation house.

Needless to say, if Prop. 36 was not available, I would be dead or sitting in a prison cell at the people’s expense. Prop. 36 is a necessary alternative for people like myself and others who need help. I am a miracle and I have myself, God and Prop. 36 to thank.

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