Victoria Doramus is an addiction and recovery expert who shares her story and personal experiences with the world. She inspires so many who are overcoming their own struggles to find the beauty in recovery.
In 2011, when Victoria Doramus was twenty-six years old, she went to rehab for the first time. She knew her life was going downhill, but knew nothing about the disease of addiction. Victoria spent 45 days in a rehab facility in Tuscan, Arizona and then moved states several times, hitting rock bottom and desperate to do whatever it took to get her life back together.
Five years later, she moved back to New York City determined to prove to her dying mother that she could overcome her addiction, but fell deeper and deeper hitting rock bottom. She reached a point where she was homeless without family or friends and would visit doctor after doctor doing whatever she could to stay high. She was consuming over a bottle of amphetamine pills a day and didn’t see a way out of it… she felt imprisoned.
In 2016, Victoria Doramus was desperate with no family or friends and got arrested. She was willing to do whatever it took to get sober, which was when she flew to Austin, Texas to begin a long-term treatment program. This new program was unlike the others she had been to, in that it was similar to a boot camp, where you wake up early each day for prayer and meditation, then complete your chores and then head to mandatory group sessions. At night, there would be AA meetings that forced her to acknowledge her behaviors and choices and become more self-aware.
Victoria, the fashion expert, spent 8 months at this twelve step facility, when she left and went to live in a halfway house in Dallas where she was required to work 30-40 hours a week and attend at least 5 meetings a week. She got a job waiting tables where she soon became self-sufficient. After four months, she was able to afford a plane ticket to Nashville, TN to see her mother who was now living in assisted living.
Currently, Victoria Doramus lives in New York City where she is involved with several non-profit addiction organizations. She is still actively involved in AA and works hard every day to stay on track, helping others with the same problems she experienced. Victoria hopes to start a halfway house in New York City that caters to people who struggle with addiction and who want to have a new life. She plans to follow the same principles she learned from her previous treatment center.
The best advice she would give to others, is that “you are the only one who can change your life and that change is possible, no matter how far you’ve fallen.” She says that once she stopped playing the victim and acknowledged her mistakes, she was able to heal and learn from them.