Maryssa R.

Life growing up wasn’t terrible.  The only thing that really hurt me and pushed me into addiction was one of my mom’s abusive boyfriends. And the other reason I think that I started drinking was the fact that my dad wasn’t around. My addiction to alcohol began when I was twenty-one years old.  I believe it was because I was taken advantage of by someone I thought cared about me. And then another time someone close to me attacked me mentally. I let these things consume me. I came to Teen Challenge because I had decided enough was enough, that I needed and wanted something new. Through the program I hope to be more patient with life and to take better care of myself. I want to be happy and live a more confident life.