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Malik of New York
Posted: July 14, 2010       Individual

Hello my name is Malik and I am an addict/criminal. I was the third child of five--the lightest child of the bunch and was always looking for ways to fit in. As a young child, I was betrayed by one of my siblings and sold into prostitution. Since that day I was never the same. I grew up with an identity crisis, sold drugs and ended up in prison for 14 years in New York, and had a long record of delinquency in New Jersey. While in prison, I was introduced into a 12-step program called NA. It was ...   read more »

richard of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

Hello my name is Richard, and I would like to take this time to thank my neices and nephews for helping me through my drug problem. They all told that I could do it if I put my mind to it! They also told me that if I wanted my childern back, I would have to go get help. So I went and got the help that I needed, and finally got my life back. I can't ask for anymore than that. I am now attending AA meetings, and I am helping a friend who is going through the same thing that I went through. I go to...   read more »

Carolyn of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

My name is Carolyn, and I'm an addict and an alcoholic. To look at me, you would not know it, but I am. I'm the product of an active alcoholic father and a bipolar, manic depressive, pill-popping rage-aholic mother. I'm also the youngest of three children; so much so that I was basically raised as an only child. So, along with the genetic disposition to abuse everything, I had that sense of entitlement that most babies of the family have. In the interest of space, let me tell you that I alw...   read more »

Ronald of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

My name Ronald, and I am a blessed recovering addict. I am here from Hattiesburg. My path to recovery started when my family showed a lot of tough love when I came here. I stayed with my family for one night, and the next day they put me in the city mission. At that point I was stuck. One day I decided to go with a couple guys from the mission to drink in a local park. Some ladies called the police, and the police asked me for my ID. I told them I was staying at the mission, and they let them kn...   read more »

Donna of California
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

I was born with alcohol in my system--given liquor in my bottle. At 15, I started drinking a lot, resulting in sleeping with who ever was there. I was married and had two kids with a man. As a result of drinking and drugging, I had another seven kids. I lost every one of them to my addiction. I would steal, lie, sleep on the streets, had no family no friends, and so on. I went through beatings, was almost killed twice, and raped. I had no respect, and was given none. I went to jail a few times, ...   read more »

Alejandro of New York
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual

I believe that education is important when it comes to recovery. I hear countless stories of the frustration that recovering addicts feel when they sober up and can't find a job or properly care for their family. I've been trying to grasp recovery for twelve years and only when I began to educate myself did it truly work. It's helped me in more ways that I start to realize the more I educate myself. My self esteem has awakened, my speech has improved and life matters more to me now that I tr...   read more »

Rita of New York
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual

I am a 48 year old African-American woman who has been in recovery for the past 10 years. I used for over 18 years and did not even have a high school diploma when I entered treatment. I just completed my Masters Degree in Social Work and I currently work with adolescents who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. I also work with people who are living with HIV/AIDS. The turning point in my life was after years of using alcohol and other drugs and belieiving that I did not have a problem,I ...   read more »

Colin of New York
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual

I started drinking at the age of 12. The first time I drank I blacked out.For years to come blacking out was normal to me, it was the only way I knew how to drink. I was told for years by my parents that it was a problem. Even at the age of 14 I was doing anything to get the drink. I would sneak out of the house and hitchhike 20 miles across town to get to a party. I had no care for anyone but myself. Drinking eventually lead to 3 DWI's by the time I was 21. I was on felony probation and fa...   read more »

David of Ohio
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual

I have been using drugs for the past 10 years of my life. Since age 15 I have been in several jails, institutions, and spiritually dead. After repeating the same mistakes over and over again and ending up with the same results, I finally had enough, and decided to try a new way of life. This last time I was arrested for larceny and spent a couple months in jail followed by treatment. When I was finally released I knew this time I was serious about my recovery, I was sick and tired of being sick ...   read more »

Mary of New York
Posted: June 3, 2010       Individual

I was a addict for 20 years beginning with alcohol, marijuanna and progressing to cocaine and heroin. My turning point came in 1996. While incarcerated, I sought treatment through programs while locked up on other bids. But this time, I was spiritually enlightened. Thus, resulting in myself exploring the multi-causality of my addictions. When I was released back into the community, I utilized the social resources available, went to college and got a degree in human services. Today I'm a staunch ...   read more »


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