From Good Girl to Addiction

By
Andrea Marquez
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

Addiction has opened my eyes in so many ways I never thought possible. From the depths of hell to now the most beautiful days ahead. It hasn’t been easy and I still get cravings but I have tools and things I enjoy doing now, like running 🏃🏼‍♀️ and reading 📖.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

No matter how long and rough the road may seem now it is doable, one day at a time. Little by little, each step in the right direction adds up to an incredible journey ☀️

I used to have a completely normal life. I had a good job, reliable car, place to live, and was working on getting my bachelor degree. Until I started drinking and got two DUIs, then was introduced to meth and my whole world turned upside down. I lost everything. No job, no car, no place to live, and quit school. I isolated myself from family and friends and drowned myself into using meth and drinking daily. I eventually stopped using meth when I began experiencing psychosis which landed me in a mental ward. But my drinking continued to deal with the aftermath of the destruction. I eventually got a third DUI and was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis after being in and out the ER. My mom finally forced me into an IOP rehab which changed my life because I was willing to do whatever it took. I am now 10 months clean and sober. I know I have a journey ahead of me but with support and my willingness to survive I can enjoy life again without having to be numb. I am slowly getting my life back.