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I'm 17. I'm sober. And my life is no longer filled with darkness

I am able to break up my life into two parts, the time when I was ignorant, and the time since I became aware.

Growing up, I walked around with no purpose. I lacked any vision of what I wanted to do in the future and all my dreams and aspirations were nothing more than surface-level plans I told others and myself to make it sound like I had things under control.

I was very impulsive and desperately craved the attention of others. This led me to all sorts of trouble and consequences which I considered unfair and I felt victimized by.

Everything seemed unbearably wrong.... Login to read more
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