SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $1,000
The Woodlands, TX – The Woodlands High School
If you would have told me two years ago that I would someday be writing an essay promoting sobriety, you would have received a blank, decently confused stare from me. For most of my teenage years, the thought of becoming (and staying) sober was a foreign concept. After being sent away to residential treatment during my sophomore and junior years, I felt defeated. It never occurred to me that a person like me could attain the peace and serenity of sobriety. Now, with nearly a year and two months of sobriety, I’m proud to say that I proved myself wrong.
I became more comfortable with speaking out about sobriety, and took pride in the fact that I was a part of a club that is so powerful and potentially life-changing. As the only senior in our school’s Going Purple club, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to reach out to other students. Additionally, as the only member of our school’s Going Purple club who is in recovery, I pushed myself to reach out to many old friends who are currently using drugs/alcohol. By sharing my personal experience, my hope was that others could that sobriety it possible, regardless of how far they may have fallen.
Although my path to recovery began before I knew about the Going Purple movement, the opportunities that I now have through the club to reach other students are so rewarding and its impact on my life is immeasurable. Chris Herren’s story and the message of what Going Purple means to me has influenced and inspired me on my journey, both in my recovery and in my life. Going Purple has given me the confidence to speak freely and openly about my recovery without shame, which frees me to spread the good news of sobriety and recovery.