My name is Erin and I’m from a town outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  I moved to Acton at the age of 8. Growing up in Acton, I always felt different. The public schools had large class sizes and were very competitive. I constantly felt pressure to succeed academically and to also fit in.  I was introduced to alcohol and drugs at a young age and my addiction progressed very quickly. By the age of 15 prescription drugs controlled my life. At first I was ok with my addiction, but as the years passed I drove myself into a deep depression which no pill or substance could pull me out of.

The consequences of my use not only affected me but also my family and friends. I never had to lose any material things (job, house car etc) as many addicts do to hit their bottom. My bottom consisted of a feeling complete emptiness. Every day that I continued to use became worse than the previous day. I knew that there was no hope for my life if I were to continue using.  A friend of mine from Acton, who also struggled with addiction came to treatment in Florida a few years before and had been sober ever since. I had been in contact with him through out my addiction.

When I was ready to give sobriety a chance I called him and he told me about the Florida House. I came to Florida in December of 2012 for addiction treatment. Today I am so grateful for everything that Florida House has given me. I have learned a whole new way to live my life and to love my life. I have discovered who I am.

Since I have been sober I have been able to repair relationships with my family and friends. Many amazing opportunities have presented themselves just in my first year of sobriety. I do not know where I would be today if it was not for the help and guidance of the Florida House with addiction treatment and getting me started on this next chapter of my life.


Boston, Massachutes