My story

My name is Sophie, and I never thought I’d be in a place like this. A place where everything feels cold and clinical, where every day feels like a battle against myself. It started when I was just trying to fit in. I went to a party with some older kids from school. They offered me a drink, just a sip at first. It tasted weird, but it made me feel different, like I could be someone else for a while. Someone who didn’t worry about school or what my parents expected from me. After that, I started sneaking drinks from my parents’ liquor cabinet. I thought I was being clever, that they would never notice. But looking back, I realize they probably knew all along. Then came the weed. Everyone said it was no big deal, that it helped you relax. And it did, at first. It made me feel like I could escape from all the stress, all the pressure to be perfect.

But it wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I wanted to feel numb, to forget about everything that was weighing me down. So when someone offered me pills at another party, I didn’t hesitate. I didn’t even know what they were, but I took them anyway.

That’s when things really started to spiral out of control. I stopped caring about school, about my hobbies, about everything that used to matter to me. All I cared about was chasing that feeling, that rush of numbness that made everything else fade away.
I thought I was invincible. I thought I could handle it all on my own. But then one night, everything came crashing down. I ended up in the hospital, surrounded by machines beeping and doctors whispering.

My parents were there too, their faces a mix of fear and disappointment. I had let them down. I had let myself down.

Now I’m here, in rehab, trying to piece together what’s left of my life. They say it’s a second chance, a chance to start over. But it’s hard. Every day is a struggle against the cravings, against the guilt and shame that weigh me down.

Therapy helps. Talking helps. But sometimes it feels like I’m drowning in my own mistakes, like I’ll never be able to make things right again.

I want to believe that I can get better, that I can find a way out of this darkness. But right now, it feels like I’m stuck in a never-ending nightmare, fighting against shadows that won’t let me go.

I don’t know what the future holds for me. But I know that I have to keep fighting. For myself. For my family who never gave up on me, even when I had given up on myself. Maybe one day, I’ll look back on this and see it as the turning point, the moment I found my strength. But for now, I’ll take it one day at a time, hoping that each day brings me closer to the light.