Family Matters: Julia’s Story Pt. 1

In Part 1 of Episode 43, Julia talks about the significant role her family played in her recovery. According to Julia, we only need one thing to make sense in our lives and for her it was her family.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived addiction to thrive in recovery. In Part 1 of Episode 43, Julia talks about how she believes that she was born an alcoholic. When she started drinking she couldn’t stop, and her addiction got to the point where she was drinking while she was pregnant with her fourth child. That child’s tragic death due to sepsis drove Julia to descend towards darkness. It was during this dark period when Julia saw the kindest of gestures from those closest to her — her family. From her husband who never made her feel ashamed, to her son who picked her up off the floor when she was down. Julia‘s biggest fear was that her kids might find her on the floor dead from respiratory failure or cardiac arrest. She knew she had to get help, and with the aid of a counselor, Julia surrendered to treatment. During her recovery she also started a women’s meeting because she knew it was needed. She continues to work with her online group for women in sobriety where she is a manager for their online forum. She believes that this is where her recovery truly grew and today she can smile knowing that she’s still here 16 years and 5 months later telling her story.

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