Drug Rehab Success Story
Shanin Rapp was born to a 14-year-old, drug-addicted mother who put her up for adoption. She was sexually and emotionally abused in her adoptive home, and had already started “sipping” alcohol by the age of 12. On her first time really drinking, she drank a fifth of vodka in less than 10 minutes and her heart stopped. Fortunately she was in school and was given CPR and was revived. That bad experience only served to spur her on to more drinking, and eventually being kicked out of her home at 17. Experimentation with drugs came next with no real consequences until she was introduced to freebase or crack cocaine and it was “love at first use.”
In two short years she destroyed everything that was dear to her. She willingly gave up her son to her sister so that she could run free, also losing her home, her marriage, and almost her life. Waking up from
a four-days-long coma on her 30th birthday in a strange hospital in Colorado, she realized that she didn’t want to
die. Choosing life meant getting help while she rebuilt her life and worked toward getting her son back. “I am a firm believer that anything is possible,” she says. “I know the struggles of picking up the pieces, of rebuilding. Today my son and I have a beautiful relationship. I have no regrets.”
Shanin earned her LSAC and works in the adult felony drug court. She sits on many boards and committees within the local treatment and recovery com- munity and works tirelessly to promote recovery in Utah. “I will always work in this field to help make treatment and recovery accessible, acceptable and understood.”
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