My name is April and I have just over seven years in recovery from heavy addiction and alcoholism. Seven years ago I had nothing to my name except a trash bag of some old clothes. I was homeless, hopeless, and an outcast of society. What I did have was a desire for a better way of living. Today I am married with two children, I am a home owner, I am in school for my Master's degree, I am a productive member of society, and I try to be there to help others at any given opportunity. Most importantly, I have freedom, peace, and happiness beyond my wildest dreams. I was able to achieve all of this by becoming honest with myself and others, and taking suggestions from people that knew more than I did, even when it was terrifying, painful, uncomfortable, and even when I thought I knew better. I also gained support and unconditional love through joining a largely popular and supportive group of other individuals in recovery.
Recovery is possible for anyone who wants it, and believe me, life is so much better on this side.
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