I have learned so many things about my life in the past few months. For one, I am an addict and always will be, but that doesn’t mean I have to choose to suffer. People in the rooms of recovery groups commonly call the disease of drug addiction “The Great Equalizer” because it doesn’t discriminate in who it infects. When I was upstate learning how I would start a life of recovery, I met these guys, Alec and Paul. The second they came home and completed the program, we have been hanging out and going to meetings together. We go out to eat or get coffee, listen to music and talk about our lives…and there is never once an urge to go back to using anymore. And if an urge ever did pop up, they have always been there to remind me where I came from. To find friendship that actually holds true value is something I never thought I would learn to appreciate in my recovery, but this is just the beginning. I am so grateful for learning to enjoy life on its own terms and to start living in the moment, rather than in the future.