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After 36-year addiction, Bianca hits the streets to end violence

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Chicago Tribune recently reported about native Chicagoan Angalia Bianca, who struggled with heroin addiction for 36 years. Today, Bianca is clean and sober and using her experience and street-savvy tough love to prevent violence among youth in her home city. As an outreach specialist for CeaseFire, she intervenes with teens who might otherwise head towards a future of drug abuse, gang participation, and crime.

But Bianca will never forget where she came from–or her lifelong journey from the depths of addiction. “It was a good feeling,” she says of trying heroin at age 17, “a feeling I had been looking for my whole life–a feeling of relaxed calmness.” Before long, Bianca had gone through two marriages, given birth to (and lost custody of) five children, been arrested 120 times, and been convicted of 26 felonies. She was in her fifties when she finally got the help she needed in the form of substance abuse treatment–proof that it’s never too late to turn your life around.

“I’m so proud of her,” says Bianca’s sister of her amazing transformation and work with CeaseFire. “How many people just go from nothing to this? She’s really doing something, helping people who have the same problem as her. This is what she was born to do.”

Source: Chicago Tribune

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