I started my addiction young and started my recovery young. By the time I was 17 I had experienced prostitution, rape, alcohol poisoning, and unimaginable devastations. I was introduced to recovery at 17 and by 21 found a solid footing in it. I have not taken a drink or drug in 10 years. I have been afforded the opportunity to grow up in recovery. Recovery has given me a career in the drug and alcohol field. I have two beautiful children that are clear products of recovery. I have a chosen family that is comparable to none. Addiction gave me real problems without solutions. Recovery gave me a great life with manageable problems.