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  September 26, 2009            
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Kevin Garvey

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I started using drugs at the age of 14 and started shooting heroin at 16. I was arrested at 16 and was in and out of jails and prisons for a total of 13 years. During this time, I was on and off various methadone programs.

I continued to use until one day my mom told me that I could not come home anymore. This was a big shock and wake-up call for me as I said to myself, my own mother doesn't want me.

It was at this time when I decided to go into long-term residential treatment for the first time. But, after leaving treatment before completing it, I went back to drinking and shooting heroin.

Finally, after deciding that I had really had enough, this time I went into a long-term methadone to abstinence residential program. It was going to be death, prison, insanity or treatment. So, I chose treatment.

My clean date is also my birthday, July 22, and I have been clean since - now celebrating over 16 years in recovery. I have since worked as a substance abuse counselor, and went to work for another program where I've been since 1995. Through my years at this agency, I have advanced from being a counselor to senior counselor and then moved on to become an intake coordinator.

Later, I had the opportunity to open a new program for the provider and was asked to open a supportive housing residence for people with AIDS. After starting this program, I was promoted to Divisional Director of the Residential Services.

During my long-term recovery, I have received my CASAC and continue to work at the same agency. I decided that I wanted to become a substance abuse counselor to help others get what was given to me - freedom from the cycle of prison, freedom from active addiction and a chance at life.


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