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emerges from 10-year struggle with drugs, alcohol


Alicia Shaw smoked her first joint at the age of 12. “I thought it was just something fun for me to do,” she said, remembering that it happened while she was with a group of friends. Someone passed the joint to her and she put it to her lips and inhaled the pungent smoke deep into her lungs. It was the beginning of a 10-year struggle, a long, sad journey that began with bud and booze, graduated to ecstasy and speed, and nearly ended thanks to bouts of self-mutilation and attempts at suicide. Shaw feels extremely fortunate to have emerged from the darkness in one piece. The 22-year-old believes a nearly four-month stay at the Portage Atlantic rehabilitation facility in Cassidy Lake gave her a second chance at a normal life. Read more…