"The positive thing I take out of this battle is that I found my one true love, and we have a handsome little boy."
"If you’re struggling with addiction, or are close with someone who is, remember to take care of yourself. You have to find a support system."
"With counseling, I am able to manage the grief and the guilt, but it is always there."
"I always wanted to change my reality, and I wanted to be anyone other than who I was."
“Addiction didn't care who I was, where I was from, how much money I had, what job I worked, or how much my family loved me.”
“The freedom I had thought I found in my addiction I quickly found in recovery.”
"I always said to him just, "Try. Try. Please try." It breaks my heart now knowing he was trying – just by him coming back home and walking through that door, sleeping in his own bed under our roof, and that was hard for him."
"I entered a detox facility two days into active withdrawal and was told that if I didn’t come that day, my family would have found me dead."
"I was an educated, professional woman who was not ignorant to the damage and devastation that drug use leaves in its wake. All I can honestly say is that the pain in my heart was a weight so much stronger than I thought I could carry, and I was willing do whatever it took to make it stop."
"I soon realized the power and importance of simply “being there” for someone facing addiction. "