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18 Year Old White Female

My father suffers from depression, and my mother is an alcoholic. I inherited both of their diseases. My parents divorced when I was 14 years old, and my Mom's new boyfriend moved in with us. He started molesting me. When the pain became inescapable I turned to drugs, cocaine, and ecstasy. I gave my mom an ultimatum after telling her what her boyfriend was doing to me, him or me. She chose him.

Living on my own, using drugs and trying to support myself while going to school, I had a nervous break down, and tried to kill myself by overdosing on cocaine. Upon discharge from the hospital I realized I had a problem when a friend offered a gram of cocaine and I could not say no, even after just overdosing! I went to treatment and then a 12-step program when I got out. I started rebuilding my life. I have been clean for 6 months now, graduated with my class, and am now looking to go to college. Though issues still remain between my mother and I, my peers, and sponsor from my 12 step program have given me the strength to deal with them in a positive health way, without having to turn to drugs.

 



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