Growing up, I have always been surrounded by family members and friends who have been suffering from addiction to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. As a little girl, my first encounter with a family member suffering from addiction had advanced on to me sexually. I did not know at the time the true nature of what was happening. When it was discovered what had been going on, he was sent to get help. I have never resented him because it is not in my nature. He had recovered from his addiction and has been ever since making a new life for his self. My second encounter, was having to watch my mother be consumed by the power that drugs have. She has now several illnesses including mental and seems to only attract the wrong type of people into her life. But through it all she never failed to let me know that she does love me. My younger sibling had tried a dangerous drug out of curiosity and now suffers from the withdrawal affects. He will talk to no one in particular, laughs spontaneously, and on occasion spaces out completely. He is taking medication but is also very stubborn. Through my friends it seems all of them enjoy smoking marijuana. I have never wanted to apply it to myself or any other drug for that matter, seeing how drugs tore my family and childhood apart I was never attracted to the idea. But there was also a time in my life where I felt so down and depressed by all of it. I got myself into the habit of drinking and soon became an young alcoholic. I had also became pregnant at the age of 16 with my first daughter. That is where I was able to change my life around. With the help of GOD and support of my family and friends as well as the inspiration my daughter gave. I had been able to quit my addiction. I had been given the chance to start anew and have been doing the best I can do since. This is my life story in a quick summary. Feel free to pm me or comment. Feedbacks would be wonderful. GOD Bless.