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I learned to ask for help

I’m Erin and I’m a recovering addict.  In 2001, I was a 4.0 student at Seton High School with a scholarship to U.C.  Yet, by 2012, I found myself with a felony conviction, drinking daily and addicted to opiates.  With nowhere left to turn, I reached out to CAT for help. 

CAT educated me about my disease and taught me how to ask for help.  I began to listen and have hope. Because of my counselor, that hope grew into faith and that faith grew into trust. It was trusting that the process would work that saved my life.

Today my life is completely different. I am happily married with three beautiful children.  I attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings almost every day.  I am very active at my church.  The biggest change is how I feel about myself and the world.  I am truly happy and I want to be able to give back to a world that I took so much from for so long.

People who are struggling with addiction need to know there is a lot of help out there — and not to be ashamed to ask for it.  There is a much better life out there.