Sam is originally from Oregon and started drinking and using drugs at an early age. When her grandfather died while she was in college she decided to try to quit. She realized within 24 hours that she was unable to do so. Consequently, she decided to go in the opposite direction—abusing drugs with no restraint. Eventually, with the help of her mother, she got into the Young Women’s program at Balboa Horizons. The sisterhood that formed around her while at the all-female facility had a positive impact on her life and fostered honesty and openness in her recovery. Sam is now employed and returning to college in the fall.