After working in the service industry for several years but wanting to do something I felt passionate about, I moved into the field of substance abuse treatment and professional intervention. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, I can relate to how it feels to take second place to the bottle. Being the significant other of a substance abuser, I know how to separate reality from love. Having to choose, I prioritized my children over the toxicity and manipulation caused by addiction. As the sibling of an addict, I struggled because I wanted to be just like my big sister, which is where my own addiction started. I had learned from all the people who meant the most to me that coping with substances was the only way to live. I realized I was wrong when I understood that life has so much more to offer. Having children at an early age, I chose recovery over addiction so that my kids didn’t have to grow up experiencing the same environment that I had known. I chose to break the cycle that my family and I struggled with for years. I thrive the most when I’m helping someone. I understand personally and now professionally how to work with addiction and how to guide families in the right direction.