I started using drugs and alcohol at the age of 15, while living in my hometown of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Growing up there, I never felt like I fit in. I entered my first treatment when I was a sophomore in high school and was sent to a therapeutic boarding school after that. My experience there was positive, but I quickly went back to my old routine upon returning home. As my use progressed things got pretty miserable. My parents eventually caught on to my use and gave me an ultimatum; treatment or I would be homeless. I entered Hazelden, September 13th, 2013, and completed a 4-month program. I followed their recommendations to go to the Fellowship Club halfway house followed by sober living at SPSL. I will never regret my decision to do so; I have made lifelong friends, found structure in my own recovery, and have endless support. Now, I work for St. Paul Sober Living as a house manager and try to give the residents the same experience that I received while living in the houses. The job gives me the opportunity to be of service and grow in my own recovery, while helping others.