“I am a 31-year-old recovering addict. My life before recovery was hectic. The unpredictability and instability became routine in my life. After recovery, I still felt those feelings, but the difference now is that, deep inside, I know things will be OK. There are ups and downs; sometimes I feel sorry for myself for not being like the “others”; but I proved to myself that nothing has changed except for the fact that I don’t use or drink anymore. 

I have gained much more than I ever thought I would. I have my daughter now. I am a student at a university. Before, I used to think that freedom was the freedom to use, but now I realize that freedom is what I am living now. There is nothing binding me.’’