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How Addiction Has Saved My Life: An Inspiring Story Through Recovery

How Addiction Has Saved My Life: An Inspiring Story Through Recovery

How Addiction Has Saved My Life: An Inspiring Story Through Recovery

A former Banyan Treatment Center patient shares her story of addiction and how recovery has changed her life. Everyone experiences a unique path towards sobriety and the goal at Banyan is to always reach long-term recovery. Our drug and alcohol treatment center can help any struggling individual truly recover from any addiction.


Q: When did you realize it was time to get sober?

A: At my first time at Banyan Treatment Center I was there for Mother’s Day. I hadn’t spoken to my mom in nine months. I called her, she gave me genuine love for the first time. She said Erin, I love you so much. I pray for you every day, but you’re breaking my heart. I don’t know how to fix you or help you. Then I got out of Banyan and I did the same thing I had done all of the other times. Doing Erin’s anonymous. Dating sugar daddies and losing myself. I was on a date and ended up getting raped at gun point. That was it, I knew I wanted to live. I reached out and came back to Banyan. I then went to California and really worked on myself. 


Q: Did your friends and family try to help you get sober?

A: Kind of, my family doesn’t really support me.


Q: What does your sobriety mean to your family?

A: Nothing they are not supportive. And they don’t understand.


Q: What does your sobriety mean to you?

A: Everything, it’s a new life to me. I missed my baby sister’s wedding to stay in treatment and get the help I needed.


Q: How has sobriety improved your life?

A: I actually live life and enjoy living. I’m not just existing and miserable waiting for my next high to kill me.


Q: What has been the most challenging aspect of your journey?

A: Boundaries with my family. My parents love to control and meddle in my life. I have come to the conclusion (it took 15 years at least to realize) that my parents are not going to change, EVER. I have changed, and that’s awesome, but I can’t expect my family and parents to.


Q: Do you encounter triggers for relapse? How do you handle this?

A: Yes, I encounter triggers for relapse. I play the tape through. I call my supports. I treat myself to something sweet. I do something physical. I look at pictures of my nephew and boyfriend. I remember how I felt when I used to get high, and the hard uphill battle I have climbed and continue to climb. I do something for someone else. I go to a meeting and LISTEN to others share their experience, strength, and hope! I cook and or bake from scratch. I feel whatever emotions I am feeling and then move on. GET OFF MY PITTY POT!! 


Q: What’s one of the biggest benefits of sobriety?

A: I have a life I NEVER thought I would have, or thought I deserved. I can be true to myself. 


Banyan Treatment Center, we guide our patients every step of the way to ensure a successful outcome. You too can have your own story of hope and success. Our addiction treatment services can change your life for the better. Call us today at 888-280-4763.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.