Ohio State Alum Advocates for Addiction Recovery Communities

Sarah Nerad attends a Sober Tailgate hosted by the Ohio State Collegiate Recovery Community in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Nerad

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?’”