The Arizona bartender said that her addiction started when she was a teenager, first with painkillers, but that evolved into heroin and eventually, meth.
“I was partying with a friend and I took a pill for the first time and due to stress and issues at home it just went downhill from there,” she said. “I was taking up to six prescription pills at a time every single day before I reached a point at 20 years old where I wanted to get off them.”
But she didn’t seriously decide to quit until she visited her grandfather in 2012, who, upon seeing her, said “she was hurting him.”
“Don’t give up if you are fighting for sobriety,” she said. “There are avenues and outlets and it’s so important to ask for help. People are not mind readers.”
“Family support is vital for an addict and it’s important for family members to not enable their loved ones but to also let them know they love them anyway,” she continued. “I am honored that my story is reaching people and I am open for people to contact if they need help.”