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Isabella is active in an intensive outpatient program and participated in the Heroes 6k Malibu to join her friend.
I had been using for six or seven years and this is my first time trying to get clean. I used to think I was functional, but I came to a point where I realized I was so dysfunctional. I was sick of the way I was living and I wanted a healthy life and to be at peace with myself. I didn’t want to rely on a substance to make me “happy”. I knew other people who were in recovery and I knew it was possible.
This is the first time I have tried to work on myself. It’s all new to me. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have been pleasantly surprised– everyone in this community is so supportive. People I don’t even know are so caring!
Before recovery, I was really depressed I didn’t think there was a way out. I thought my life would always be miserable and if I did quit using that my life would be just as terrible without drugs. But now I have all the opportunities in the world– I can go to school, do whatever career I want, and I can have friends and fun without drugs. I feel like I can have anything now!
My advice to you is: It’s possible! I used to think a good life was not possible; I thought that there was no hope. But that’s not true, once you get out of that deep dark spot you start to see the possibilities that are there for you. You can have anything, just like me– it’s possible.