Voices for Recovery
My name is Emily, and I’m in long-term recovery. I started drinking when I was 17 and I got sober shortly after my 22nd birthday. In that short time, alcohol took me into some of the darkest corners of society and into a seemingly endless depression and emptiness of spirit. I was attending a large state school at the time, and there were limited recovery resources available to students on campus or in the community. I was lost and scared, so I walked into the rooms of a 12-step fellowship where I found companionship, hope, and a solution for living that has worked for me as a way of life ever since.
I’m now 27 years old and have been in recovery for more than 5 years. In that time, I’ve earned my master’s degree and started working toward my doctorate. I have an exuberant and delightful 2-year-old daughter, and I mentor many women in the community. I’m working in the field of public health, where I serve students (much like the scared one I once was) who are in recovery from substance use disorders. My life is so incredibly full today. I get to work with and support students who are in recovery and provide them with the resources that I wish I had access to when I was newly sober. I am eternally grateful for my life today and to share my solution with others who need it!