The first time Sarah Nerad entered rehab, she was 16 years old.
Nerad, an Ohio State alumna, said she started drinking when she was 15 as “practice” before going to a senior’s homecoming party. From there, other drugs entered the picture.
“When I took that first drink, something very different happened for me than happened for my girlfriends,” Nerad said. “Addiction is progressive — and for me it certainly was — and so that fun, innocent drinking with girlfriends on the occasional weekend quickly progressed to ‘How can I do this as often as possible?’”