Victoria Doramus attended her very first rehab session at the age of 26. She was in Tucson, Arizona and know nothing about addiction. All she knew was that her life was out of control and she couldn’t manage it. She had succumb to Adderall and cocaine. She spent 45 days at the facility and then she left to go back home. Even with the new knowledge and tools she acquired at the facility she still didn’t have the understanding that what she had was a real disease and she was facing a lifelong battle. She didn’t really understand until she completely hit rock bottom. She tried moving and changing friends but nothing worked until she found herself doing another 60 days at a different rehab facility. Then she was desperate for change.
Wanting To Change
She needed to prove to her dying mom that she was capable of changing for the better. She pushed everyone away trying to sober up on her own but she only got worse. Finally, she admitted herself to a long term treatment facility where it was designed specifically for relapsing. This long term program was at a place called Burning Tree, and they had a strict schedule or prayer and group activities daily. There 12 steps and the addicts completed 1 step per month.
Committing To Change
After the program was finished Victoria Doramus went to a hallway house and had to work full-time and still attend meetings 5 times a week. With no phone, no transportation, and no one to contact, Victoria saved up her money for four months and then bought a plane ticket to see her mom. She moved back to New York a month later and joined various addiction nonprofits. Victoria Doramus says she plans to open a halfway house to help others that struggle with addiction. She admits addiction can’t be tackled alone so she wants to create an environment that allows for group accountability and individual responsibility. Follow her on Twitter.