I Rise.

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

Being an addict for 15 years I can definitely tell you how addiction has touched my life. I've lost a few friends while active in their addiction, one through drug overdose and a few through drug violence. Being clean today I can see where my life was headed. Hmm.. that could have been me. By the grace of my high power I was lost but now I'm found. Every chance I get I try to help another addict whether it's just spreading the word that there is help or giving them a little motivation letting them know they are somebody and it is possible.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Shatterproof, I'd like to give you thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this event. This event is the best way to celebrate my birthday. Rising against addiction.

I rise, today I rise against addiction for I was an addict for 15 years. Although the addict lives in me it no longer controls me. I've faced many obstacles in life some I feared would take my life. My addiction took me away from everyone and everything I loved. All I knew was the drug. It took my kids to be taken out of my care for me to realize where I was and where I wanted to be in life. Today I rise for I will not turn back. I have friends who are still active in their addiction and friends I have lost due to addiction, I rise for them. I rise because I know what it is to be an addict.