Jessica Bloom – Using her Experiences to Help Others

Jessica Bloom - YoungJessica BloomJessica Bloom didn’t pick her first drink or drug until the night of her high school graduation. Her gut told her to avoid using.

“From the beginning I knew it was going to be a problem for me, even before I drank,” said Bloom, now 35. “I know myself. I’m like, go big or go home in every possible way.”

The Howell Township, N.J. native was bound for the State University of New York at New Paltz in the fall. As a someone who had her first suicidal thought at just 8 years old and had been in and out of hospital psychiatric wards, this was big. But she felt it was time to prepare for the college’s party-school reputation.

So that night, she drank with her fellow grads, finally joining them at one of the notorious parties in the woods.

“Inside of a week I was drinking in the morning, hiding alcohol around the house, buying and smoking a lot of weed,” she said. “It was a love affair. It got me out of my head.”

 

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Story by Laura Newberry, originally published on Masslive.com on October 12, 2015.

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