Executive Director, Transforming Youth Recovery
San Diego, CA
At the age of 17, I developed anorexia and bulimia, which went untreated. Shortly after, I developed a full-blown addiction to heroin and crack. The only reason I graduated from my undergraduate institution was because my mom sat next to me in class for an entire semester so that I couldn’t get up and leave to go get high. I did graduate, but I felt so hopeless about my chances of a successful, happy, full future that I went to live on the streets of Detroit for two months during the winter.
My parents never gave up on me. They sent someone to find me, and I was taken to jail. I spent two months there, and then I was allowed to get treatment. Having multiple attempts at treatment allowed me to finally find the intrinsic motivation to stay sober.
I now work in the collegiate recovery field, which means all of those painful experiences were not in vain because I can use them to give hope to students who are struggling. Today I am the executive director of Transforming Youth Recovery. I just celebrated 10 years being clean and sober. I am so grateful.