"Although I took my first drink at the age of 13, addiction did not overtake my life until the age of 27. I grew up in a good home with loving parents and addiction was nowhere to be found on my family tree. By the time I was 29 I knew I was an addict and I had to do something about it or I would soon lose everything, including my life.
"I checked myself into treatment, but with a very closed mind. Consequently, I gained very little from treatment and relapsed shortly thereafter. Within 3 weeks I was back in treatment and knew something had to change. I began to realize that I had to be willing to listen to others with an open mind and allow them to help me. My mistake this time was not opening myself up and being honest with myself and others. Again, I relapsed.
"I now believe that if I am truly honest, open-minded, and willing I will stay sober. These behaviors are a must in the foundation of every recovering addicts’ program. As I practice them in my daily life, I can see positive changes happening. Each one of these small changes is a miracle in my life today. I try not to look too far into the future, but I do strive to set attainable goals for myself. Each goal that I reach is another positive step on my lifelong stairway of recovery." . . .Tara