I've been struggling with social anxiety since about 9th or 10th grade. I am 23 years old now and still struggling. I have had an opiate dependence since about the same time my SA symptoms started so I've never really learned how to cope. It affects my life goals and relationships with people including family. I had about two years pretty much clean with a few brief relapses but was still very anxious throughout. I am going on 3 weeks clean right now and have started therapy as of last week. It comforts me in a way, knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles with this problem. Even though I wish nobody did, but I do believe there's a reason for everything, so who knows. This is a VERY brief description and introduction to my story and hope someone can relate! I'm hoping maybe I can help someone as well through my story and struggles.