Julianne’s Recovery Story
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Julianne’s Recovery Story

This story comes from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

My name is Julianne and I am a recovering alcoholic addict. Growing up I always felt like I was less than and uncomfortable in my own skin. Alcoholism runs deep within my family, so growing up I was terrified of drinking and drugs. However, something changed when I was in college when I took my first drink. Overnight I became a daily blackout drinker. One day, I took a pill to study and within three weeks I was a full-blown prescription drug addict. Four years later, at 23, I had run my career to the ground and lost everything good in my life. I was a shallow, empty shell and hated myself. Something had to change but I couldn’t go more than four hours without a drink before getting sick.  Wanting my life back, I checked myself into treatment. I was scared that getting sober meant I was kissing my 20’s and fun good bye. I was wrong. Through a 12-step program I found myself again and got my life back. Today my life is filled with more fun, laughter and meaning than before. Recovery is possible.


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