Former All- American Athlete Turns Addict

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Former All- American Athlete Turns Addict

Claire grew up in an affluent community, attended an elite boarding school and was an All-American high school athlete. Winning varsity letters in three sports along with a college scholarship, Claire’s future seemed to be promising. “I was just so unhappy with myself and never felt good enough or satisfied, no matter what,” says Claire as she opens up to Oprah in an episode of “Oprah Prime”. Her emptiness led her to experiment with prescription pain killers which eventually led her to turn to heroin. Now a college dropout, Claire faces the hardest battle of her life, the battle of addiction. Though she currently lives in a sober home, Claire admits she continues to struggle with her sobriety.

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