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From Addict to Recovery Expert: Victoria Doramus’s Story

Before she reached the age of 30, Victoria Doramus, a digital print and media professional, had been addicted to drugs for nearly half her life. Despite changes in her environment and checking into a few recovery programs, she found herself unable to kick her habit. Eventually, she found sobriety and now helps others struggling with addiction.

But Victoria Doramus’s road to recovery was by no means easy. In a short memoir she published online, Doramus explained that she attended her first recovery program in 2011 at age 26 in Tucson, Arizona. While she admitted the experience gave her a new knowledge about herself, it did little to make her understand the nature of her addiction problem.

Victoria Doramus relapsed, but was still determined to defeat her demons. This time, she tried to do it on her own. But the self-reliance route, as Doramus wrote, only served to alienate her friends and family. It also led to her addiction getting worse, to the point she found herself homeless.

According to Medium, it took her getting arrested on Thanksgiving Day 2016 to make her open her eyes to get the help she needed. Victoria Doramus went to Austin, Texas and checked into a recovery center called Burning Tree. She described it as a boot camp style approach to recovery, with a structured environment that included chores, mandatory meetings, even peer confrontations. Doramus said the experience forced her to acknowledge her bad behavior, but not to see herself as a victim.

Within a year, Victoria Doramus (@iamvictorialynn) had learned to become self-sufficient and hold a steady job. Today, she helps others fighting addiction. One of her biggest pieces of advice is to understand that no one can get sober alone. She wrote, “It takes a village and hard work” to make that happen. See Victoria’s job history on LinkedIn.

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