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DEAR ABBY: Too often we hear horrifying stories in the news about prescription drug addiction and overdoses. I’d like to offer hope to addicts who are still using.

There is life after drugs. For 10 years I was addicted to pain pills. My poor mother tried everything. She offered me trips or help in buying a new car if I would just go to rehab. I refused because I wasn’t ready. I finally hit rock bottom and went into rehab when I realized my daughter was pulling away from me. I had been spending our rent money on pills I’d buy on the streets.

After I was sober for a few days, I realized I liked the feeling. After the sixth day, I was “me” again, and I loved it. I have been sober for two years and am now entering school to become a patient tech. It’s exciting because I will be helping others. I believe this is what I was meant to do in life.

Everyone keeps saying I should tell my story, but to be honest, my story isn’t finished yet. Thank you for letting me share. — ENJOYING SOBRIETY IN FLORIDA

DEAR ENJOYING SOBRIETY: You’re welcome. You’re right that your story isn’t over yet, but from where I’m sitting it looks like the next chapter will be a happy and constructive one. I wish you success in your journey.