Shanna was introduced to heroin by an ex-boyfriend. She came from a loving family, and felt she did not fit the stereotype of what she thought addicts to be: abused and from broken homes. Even while regularly attending meetings at Narcotics Anonymous, she was still in denial. When she suffered a relapse, her life really went on a downward spiral; she began stealing from her family for money to buy drugs. After a stint in jail, and with help from her dad, her road to recovery slowly began. Shanna is now a student in the Chemical Dependency Counselor Program at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY.