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.

-Erin

Boston, Massachutes