Dating a heroin
Lintz, who lives in Hicksville, has a story that echoes across Long Island and the United States: She was, she said, raised in a good family with parents who loved her and her three younger sisters.
And yet she always struggled with ADHD and anxiety. "When I first started drinking in excess, at 14 or 15, I was always just trying to get out of myself.
"I was able to work, make money, get back on my feet." Earning a 4.0 average and clean for almost three years, Lintz said she still wasn't fully "working the program.
The whole spirituality aspect wasn't kicking in." A new, short relapse led her back to church, where she found solace and healing at the Living Faith Christian Church in Farmingdale.
Still, that time in rehab "planted a seed in me." After her release, she used drugs again, using for about a week before she went to her parents, crying, telling them she needed help desperately.
In years past, she'd worked as a hairdresser, she said.
Having that license to work in a salon as she strived toward recovery "helped tremendously," she said.
She was attracted to relationships where she felt she could "save" someone, "to try and help them.
That was my passion, to try and help people." One man she dated was addicted to painkillers.
"I really felt as though Briella was a gift from God," she said.