"Hi, I'm Anna* and I'm an addict." This simple statement has been my introduction for the past two years.
I have been through five treatment centers and many stays in jail. I have walked the streets for drugs and money. I have lost custody of my daughter. I have been to jail and treatments because I kept relapsing. I have felt hopeless and alone. I have used narcotic pain medicine as an emotional escape only to find myself addicted to heroin.