The reason I share my story is two-fold: It gives people hope that no matter how far down they have gone, they can take the steps to recover and be successful. Also, I want to break the stigma that addiction and recovery is shameful. If people are ashamed, whether it is a parent of an addict child who doesn't want the PTA to know, or the addict who is afraid they will lose a job over it, I believe the shameful stigma must be stopped. We are not ashamed of diabetes or high blood pressure. Why then this? It can be treated and must be in order to get through addiction.