It's been quite some time since I've been on the board and I've missed all my friends here that have been here so long. My life has changed quite a bit. I've moved from California and now live by myself in Illinois in a nice 1 bedroom home. I am very active in the local AA and NA groups here in the Quad-Cities area. I came to realize that I really was just a sober person with a lot of the same character flaws and problems that I had when I first started my substance abuse issue at 14 years of age. I am finding a new way of life and living much happier and meeting tons of people and making all kinds of new friends because of it. Most importantly I am finding a serenity and peace in my life that I've never known until now. With the help and support of my family here I've made the transition as smoothly as could be expected. I have a chance to fulfill my dream. I am awaiting word now on acceptance in the counseling program at Western Illinois University to get my graduate degree and become a substance abuse counselor specializing with clients who have mental health issues. My bi-polar is stable and I have a wide array of services here assisting me in keeping a balanced life. I am very grateful and in gratitude to so many people including the friends I have here on the board who have supported me over the years. May each one of you have wonderful day and find peace and happiness. That's my greatest desire for everyone here.
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