by Vivian Arrastia
(Miami, Florida)

My best friend battled with depression for over 15 years, taking different medications to deal with her feelings, overwhelming sadness and anxiety. She began drinking about 10 years ago, and in the last year her life spun out of control. She could not deal with life any longer and could not see a way out to cope with life's struggles. She started attending AA meetings, therapy, rehab treatments, trying to find a magic formula to stop drinking. She became obsessed by alcohol and would drink more and more each day to drown her sorrow and not feel pain. Feelings of being "done" with life would overflow her mind constantly. Until one day, she succeeded, she took a bottle of Aspirin while drunk, there was nothing else to do. Her last text to the family "this is is, no more". She had a big support system and was loved and liked by everyone, but in her mind she felt very lonely. She was an excellent daughter, mother, friend, she was beautiful, educated, smart human being. She was a therapist who helped many people, unfortunately she was unable to help herself. She passed away on December 27, 2011 at the age of 43.

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