I started treatment when I was 17 years old. I was taking amphetamines and, you know, they were prescribed to me, but of course, you know, they always have those addictive tendencies. You know, I was heartbroken about getting sent here and so I started out very closed off and throughout the whole program I started to open up and I created new friendships within the facility.

And I found that a lot of people had the same underlying reasons why they were using as me and I was able to get a lot of skeletons out of my closet that I would have never been able to beforehand, and it changed my life completely. I heard someone else’s life story and that’s probably what helped me get it out in the open. And what she said really spoke to me and it made me a little more brave in that that stuff has happened to other people, and let me talk about it.

It was eye-opening and I wanted to inspire other people. So after talking about that one thing that you think is the worst thing that you could ever talk about, everything else just flows out so much easier and you’re able to open up and really be who you actually are, not be that scared person who you used to be and not be afraid to talk to people and be real with them. And be yourself, you know? It was just amazing.

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