Nine months ago today I was living in hell. I’m Katie and I’m a recovering addict. I’m celebrating nine months on my 19th birthday and it’s the best feeling in the world. While using I treated those who meant the world to me like garbage. I lied, stole, cheated and manipulated people to get what I wanted. I ended up homeless and alone. Just me and my needle filled with drugs. I did a lot of things I’m not proud of but today I can say that that isn’t me anymore. Using drugs intravenously caused me to have hepatitis c which is not curable and can make you very sick. I’m taking control of my life today and I’m proud of myself.