Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa, I'm 24 years old and live in Portugal. I recently finished college and I'm looking for a job (just the same as many others). For many years, I remained a careless college student. I cared about my grades, making my parents proud and have a nice, comfortable job at the end of it. And now I can see just how blind I was. Being jobless, back at my parents' house, without having much to do all day, I began to really think and look at the world around me. There are so many people suffering, so many problems that I remained oblivious of. And, although I cannot complain about my own life, there are currently people near me stuggling with alcohol addiction. And it's really horrible. To want to help, but to feel powerless and useless, as you watch people you care about drowing in a self-destruction, addiction pool. I joined this forum so I can learn more about this subject, so I can try and help someone, even if just a little. Please believe me when I say, you are not alone. There are people who care and will do their very best to get to know you, the real you, and help in any way they can. My best regards to everyone.