PAIGE SITS OUTSIDE STARBUCKS, DRINKING HER CAFFÉ americano. She does not care to share her last name. She does not want to shame her family. Addiction carries anonymity.
Paige has a faint scar running from the left corner of her lip into her cheek. She was shot three times trying to buy crack in 2007. Every tooth was shot out of her mouth. She was left for dead.
Now she lives in a West Palm Beach sober house. She wakes up for mandatory morning meditation. She goes to required meetings. She makes it home by curfew. She has found a clean house makes her feel clean. Making her bed in the morning makes her feel good about herself.