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OASAS Stories of Recovery
July 2009 Posts
robert of New York
Posted: July 29, 2009       Individual

I was in jail and had just learned that I made parole. I was preparing food in my dorm, and I was sharing that the next time that I got arrested, I was going to get seven and a half to fifteen years. I decided that there was something wrong, so when I was released, I went to a program and asked for help. The name of that program was Daytop and they allowed me to save my life. In the program, I learned that I was sick with the desease of addiction. So, I listened and I learned. I learned so much,...   read more »

Denise of New York
Posted: July 29, 2009       Individual

I am in recovery today by God's grace and mercy. The God of my understanding has brought me from the pain and derelection that I once lived. Today I am a good mother and friend. Addiction took everything away from me. I was once homeless. Today I have a house. I lost my spirit. Today I have a spirit and can show empathy. My children love and trust me today. Today I am able to hold a job and am responsible for my actions. I love me today and know today that using a substance d...   read more »

Charlie of Florida
Posted: July 29, 2009       Individual

In 1985 my two year old daughter, Joy, was accidently strangled in the footrest of her grandfather's recliner chair. She spent nine months blind, deaf and paralyzed in a chronic vegetative state with massive brain damage. One night, a nurse in a hurry to go home, turned Joy too quickly, or too hard, and broke her shoulder. But no one knew because she couldn’t say,"It hurts." So she laid off and on that broken shoulder throughout the night. We all spend our lives on a ledge. As life thrus...   read more »

Tammy of New York
Posted: July 29, 2009       Individual

I could not stop and wanted too. In owning my own buisness, I was unable to go into rehab, so I started without substance abuse counseling. I was able to talk about wanting to stop but unable to do so, my counselor directed me to 12-step meetings. After several relapses, I finally stopped. I was in an abusive relationship for three years and we got clean together. After 18 months, I became pregnant. New in recovery and wanting more for myself, I ended the relationship at 8 months pregnant. ...   read more »

Otis of New York
Posted: July 29, 2009       Individual

It finally happened. Someone sat down with me and listened to my pain when I was using - the mother of my two babies. We were drug partners and it became more. My using was interfering with my relationship(not knowing we were entering into our recovery). I never thought that I would or could recover -- thinking that drugs was the only way to live. Boy! was I ever wrong. Little did I know that the God of my understanding already had a plan in the works for us(my signifigant other and I). Afte...   read more »

Ryan of New York
Posted: July 2, 2009       Individual

I am a year and two months sober. I have struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness for half of my life, I am 30 now and I have been in more than 20 institutions. I struggle with bi-polar, OCD, bodereline personality disorder and adhd. What can I say God's been good to me. I have had numerous suicides attempts - around ten. I was a professional baseball player, but lost my career because of my illnesses. Right now I an in out patient facilit dealing with my mental illness....   read more »

Kim of New York
Posted: July 2, 2009       Individual

One thing I always prided myself with was I always kept a place to stay. So when I found myself living with someone else because I’m homeless due to my drug problem, I knew then that my life was out of control. That’s when I knew I had a very serious problem, and had to get control back into my hands and turn my life around. My first thought was to check myself into a program where I could get the help I needed, and it was the smartest thing I ever did for myself. While in recovery I learne...   read more »


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