Sophie: Spreading a Message of Hope for Recovery

A woman with a history of self-esteem issues shares her story of recovery from alcohol and drug use.

Young Person in Recovery
Houston, TX

The symptoms of my alcoholism and drug addiction appeared long before I decided to pick up and use. Growing up I had very low self-esteem. I had low self-worth and I didn’t know there was a solution out there for the things that were taking place internally. I was emotionally unstable.

Mentally, I knew there were a lot of things that were wrong with me, but I had no idea how to ask for help and talk about them–so I acted out. I destroyed several different aspects of my life. Socially, I didn’t really have many friends, so I connected with a lot of people that used. I had a really chaotic family life. I fell off the radar for a really long time, but I showed up making good grades, playing sports, doing things that kept my parents’ attention off of me and my acting out.

Before I got into recovery, I had no idea who I was. Getting into recovery, having the opportunity to go to a sober high school, and connecting with people who have the same goals as I do, has allowed me to be the young woman that I am today. Through recovery, I have regained my true potential that I thought drug addiction and alcoholism had taken from me.

This spring I’ll be three years sober. In the fall I will be headed to a university. I hope to spread the message that there is a solution, and there is hope for other people who have been through the same things that I have.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015