Ad­dicts can and do re­cover

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My name is Amanda Romero. I am 37 years old, a mother of four and a sur­vivor of sex traf­fick­ing. When a bad re­la­tion­ship turned abu­sive, I had to make a de­ci­sion to lead by ex­am­ple and be a strong in­de­pen­dent mother for my two girls. In­stead, I un­know­ingly ap­proached a pimp and quickly be­came a ca­su­alty of so­ci­ety. I was 22.

I had no clue what the sim­ple com­pli­ment would lead to or the losses that I would en­dure as a re­sult. I am thank­ful that I found the courage to walk away and grab life by its reins and take con­trol — fi­nally I was stand­ing strong and do­ing some­thing that I loved. I be­gan writ­ing about things that I saw through other peo­ple who were down, so I launched a cam­paign on turn­ing the sor­row into some­thing pos­i­tive.

All as­pects of my jour­ney I had to ac­knowl­edge and then turn all the dark­ness into light, so I wrote all the bad things down and then went to YouTube and up­loaded my de­spi­ca­ble acts and how shame­ful I felt from all the ac­tions I de­cided that I needed to do to get through and sur­vive.

Not all ad­dicts wake up and say let’s smoke this meth or this crack or shoot up this heroin; we wake up and say, how can we for­get about ev­ery­thing and stop feel­ing the weight of the world on our shoul­ders? We at­tempt to fig­ure out an eas­ier way to help get us through the day; this is a nor­mal re­ac­tion, but most ad­dicts are suf­fer­ing from the sense of not mea­sur­ing up due to the per­cep­tions of oth­ers.

As a re­sult of this dis­ease, my am­bas­sador role has helped me spread more laugh­ter and light. I make awards and write fea­tures based on our heroes. Many peo­ple stand strong be­hind my cam­paign and I want to shed as much light as pos­si­ble to our cause, al­low­ing every­one to see that we do and can re­cover.

This is how I face my ad­dic­tion — what do you do?

Go to facin­gad­dic­tion.org and www.face­book.com/dru­gad­dict­sagain­st­drugs/.

Amanda Romero Es­pana, Riverdale

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