I was a late bloomer. I had my first drink at almost 19 and surrendered to alcohol and drugs at 21 and a half. For me, it was obvious in hindsight that I was an alcoholic and drug addict. I constantly justified my usage because of the college social acceptance of binge drinking and recreational drug usage. I was looking good on paper but on the inside, I was broken. I was suicidal and hopeless beyond words. I reached out for help and my mother also helped me seek outpatient treatment to investigate my problematic usage. I am now a little over 2 years sober and a graduate student at a doctoral program in clinical psychology in San Diego! I now have the opportunity to help others and practice my gifts of recovery with patients and loved ones around me. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the treatment, my family, my friends, and AA. This life is possible and I never imagined I would be excited for another day. I never would have believed someone If they told me I would enjoy living again.
Keep standing up for reducing the stigma, advocating for financially feasible evidence-based treatment, and protesting against overprescribing of opiates and other habit forming medications. Each voice counts!