How Befriending Other Women Gave Samantha Hope

In Episode 47 of Far From Finished, Samantha talks about her experience in sober living and befriending the women there — these women are the same people that she keeps in her life today. Samantha was able to safely open up because these women that she didn’t know, were sharing similar experiences (with relationships and children) she had gone through.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived substance use to thrive in recovery. When looking back at her addiction, Samantha can clearly see its progression, which accelerated at a fast clip. From the age of sixteen to twenty-four she had been to treatment centers across the US, including Florida and Washington, D.C. Samantha never really put in a hundred percent during her time in treatment. She would try to change for a very small amount of time but the actions she was taking always led her back to the only life that she knew how to live. For the first time Samantha tried to look at her life and be proactive in trying to change it. 

She took suggestions and decided to stay in Nevada after she completed treatment — getting a sponsor, doing service work and being open in sober living. She began to feel that it was worth staying sober and using life. And though she knows it’s going to take awhile because of her past decisions, today she is extremely satisfied with the one simple decision to try and go in the right direction.

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