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Ananda entered the recovery process via Al-Anon after wanting to end her own life. She grew up in a home with alcoholic and drug-addicted parents. She calls them “hippies” who intended on loving her but really couldn’t deliver on that parental promise. They raised her in her early years in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Fransisco, often left in a crib while her parents smoked marijuana with friends. Her parents later became cocaine users and dealers, got divorced, and used eight-year-old Ananda to traffic the drugs. Her mother would remarry, and her new husband would sexually abuse Ananda. Her mother was too engaged in drug use to notice.

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