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Victoria Doramus Talks About Confronting Her Drug Addiction

For a number of years it seemed to outsiders that Victoria Doramus (@victoriadoramus) was living a pretty good life. She had a degree in journalism and a series of good jobs. She had been a creative consultant at Stila Cosmetics and a group coordinator at Creative Artists Agency. She had also been the west coast director for Trendera where she lead sales efforts among other positions she has held.

However, during this time Victoria Doramus was secretly abusing Adderal and cocaine. She twice entered drug treatment programs, in both 2011 and early 2016, but the lessons she learned didn’t stick. According to Affiliate Dork, she says that what finally forced her to confront her reality was getting arrested during the 2016 holidays. Soon after she entered a long-term treatment program which was based on the 12-steps program.

Victoria Doramus spent nine months in this treatment program before she was deemed capable of living in a halfway house. She had a sponsor who helped keep her clean and she found a job waitressing at a restaurant. During this time she became fully self-sufficient once again and learning to just put one foot ahead of the other. She became involved with nonprofits that help people get off drug and alcohol addictions.

She says that she is in the planning stages of opening a New York City halfway house. Victoria Doramus says that she wants to help others just as she had been helped. She is presently drawing up the business model and is seeking sources of funding. She says that nobody can achieve sobriety alone and it is a team effort. She continues to see an addiction therapist on a regular basis who helps her remain sober and is a member of a number of groups so she can maintain her emotional sobriety.

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