HUGO — This March, the world will get to see Hugo resident Carolyn Wiger as she lives her dream come true—joining the cast of the reality game show “Survivor.” But at home in Washington County, she is another kind of superstar—the kind that helps people recover from addiction. 

As a teenager and young adult, Wiger struggled with addiction. Often, addiction starts as a result of a rough childhood or past trauma—Wiger noted that this was far from true in her case. Her family was always loving and supportive but, nevertheless, things started going downhill as early as middle school. She recalled experimenting with drugs and beginning to fail classes, to the point that a teacher took her aside to warn her that her life might be going down the wrong path. 

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