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Emily (06/18/2013)


My name is Emily, and I’m in long-term recovery.  I started drinking when I was 17 and I got sober shortly after my 22nd birthday.  In that short time, alcohol took me into some of the darkest corners of society and into a seemingly endless depression and emptiness of spirit. I was attending a large state school at the time, and there were limited recovery resources available to students on campus or in the community.  I was lost and scared, so I walked into the rooms of a 12-step fellowship where I found companionship, hope, and a solution for living that has worked for me as a way of life ever since.

I’m now 27 years old and have been in recovery for more than 5 years.  In that time, I’ve earned my master’s degree and started working toward my doctorate.  I have an exuberant and delightful 2-year-old daughter, and I mentor many women in the community.  I’m working in the field of public health, where I serve students (much like the scared one I once was) who are in recovery from substance use disorders.  My life is so incredibly full today.  I get to work with and support students who are in recovery and provide them with the resources that I wish I had access to when I was newly sober.  I am eternally grateful for my life today and to share my solution with others who need it!

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