“Sooner or later your going to find out it's not fun anymore."
The month of April is alcohol awareness month and for some this month means a lot.
"To me it has a lot of meaning because at one time when I was young I started using alcohol and played around at the beginning.
Esabel Garza has been sober for 39 years but before changing her life around was addicted to alcohol. What started as having fun would slowly change into an addiction she would battle for years.
"It was 11 years that I drank and partied. At the end I didn't know how to stop. I was 16 years old a rebellious young lady and wanted to do what I wanted to do.
Garza says her addiction got so bad it ruined her relationship with her family. Not thinking about the people she was hurting, she would try and hide her addiction even if that meant staying away from the ones she loved.
"Not even my family, I would stay away from them. I didn't want to be around anybody.
Alcoholism is something that affects millions of Americans and it's not until some hit rock bottom they look for help.
“Yes, I really, really hit rock bottom.”
Javier Morales Jr. is also a recovering alcoholic. He remembers battling his addiction and says alcohol not only changes you but can cause you to lose everything you love.
"It makes you into a monster. When I lost my job, I lost my family and all my possessions. I had no money and nowhere to go."
Both Garza and Morales know what is means to lose everything. They both were able to turn their lives around and have this advice for others.
"Stop it don't do it and get help. There is help if you really want to change your life.”