Hi my name is Lida and I’m 56, putting the pieces back together one more time and rising up again like a Phoenix.. I was living a successful and big life on the East Coast, teaching high school and living my best life, when I got hit by a car in 2003 while going out for a run. Since that accident everything changed; I became a different person and started living my life differently. Previously not a drinker, my personality changed, and even though it was later in life I started drinking more than I ever had. It started with a nightly cocktail, and quickly spiraled out of control and took over my life. 7 years ago I moved back to CA to stay with family and continue to work on my mental and physical health, where I was able to gather and maintain longer periods of sobriety through the help of a program and working some tools. Then COVID struck and threw myself and everyone in the house for a loop. I struggled to maintain the solid sobriety I had achieved. Needing to start over, I spent 6 months in the Salvation Army and have been staying in a shelter until I can find permanent housing of my own. I secured a full-time job and I’m almost a year into my DUI program. Now I’m trying to save for classes, the ignition interlock on my car, and the higher insurance. I’ve had long periods of sobriety before and I know I am on my way back, if I just stay the course and keep close to my program. I am slowly repairing family relationships and things are different this time- I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, and I’m determined to keep going.