I am a recovering alcoholic/prescription drug addict. I spent every day, for 7 years, either drunk, high, or both. During that time I lied to, stole from, and alienated everyone in my life. When I cleaned up I had a few friends and my family left. Those friends didnt understand my need to temporarily isolate myself, 30 miles from anywhere. My parents forgave all the lying and stealing. Unfortunately, the day I came clean with them is the last time they spoke to me. Apparently, the lying and stealing were forgivable as long as I was sober when it happened. Now I live with my husband, taking care of his mother. I see my kids every chance I get but I don't have custody. And my family has dropped out of my life completely, now. I've been clean for 3 yrs, 6 months, and 11 days, since 4/23/2012. But I need to be able to talk about my experience. And I need to hear about other people's experiences so that I don't feel so alone, and can maybe begin to stop the complete isolation. If you are reading this, thank you for that. I look forward to getting started!