Isabel Izar never thought she would amount to much. The former John Burroughs High School student struggled academically, and during her sophomore year, she said, she began experimenting with drugs. Casual marijuana use shifted into abuse of ecstasy, mushrooms, cocaine and Xanax.
“All I thought about was getting wasted all the time in that drug world,” Izar said.
But through intensive counseling, Izar was able to kick her addiction, and graduated from a high school in Valencia in May. Now 18, Izar Wednesday celebrated her sobriety with Burroughs students during an assembly called “Prevention Through Intervention — Students Teaching Students Why It’s Best to Safe and Sober.”
“I always thought, ‘I am a low-life, I am not going to do anything good,’” Izar said. “Now I can see that I can actually live for my dreams and go for what I want, and it can come true.”
The assembly, put on by Action, a Santa Clarita-based substance-abuse treatment program, featured Izar and five other Southland teens who shared personal stories of drug and alcohol addiction and recovery.