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Women do recover

Created by Melissa M.

Women do recover

I am an addict named Melissa M.

This is my story. I always felt different from everyone else because my behavior when I was younger was not normal. I tried alcohol when I was a kid. Started smoking weed when i was in junior high and used speed at 15. I used heavily after highschool and into my college years. I dropped college, lost jobs and my life was spiraling downwards. I got arrested at age 29 for fraud because of my addiction which was 10-27-07. I ended up in Choices Group,Inc. They helped opened my eyes to the gift of recovery.

Recovery has been quite a journey for me because I got to go back to school and will be receiving my Bachelors from Kaplan University in Psychology with an Emphasis in Substance Abuse.

I attend NA meetings, talk to my sponsor, sponsees and support group, work steps, have a higher power?and live the NA program.

I learned that the message is hope and the promise is freedom from active addiction.

I hope my story inspires anyone who has suffered as I have in the past and that there is a way out.


This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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