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August 2009 Posts
Carey of New York
Posted: August 20, 2009       Individual

I am a grateful recovering person, who is blessed to share the blessing with others. I was born in the South and brought to New York at two years of age. I had two loving parents and one sister and brother. My father drank and my mother taught. I tried to follow both. I drank like my father and studied like my mother. My tendency to excess progressed from alcohol to include other drugs. I used for forty years. I lost two careers, three families and my self-esteem. I tried two detoxes and one...   read more »

Robert of New York
Posted: August 17, 2009       Individual

My name is Bobby and I've been using for more than 30 years. I've gone to prison because of drinking and drugging, and many more times for different things. In 1978, during Christmas, I was very drunk and on pills and I got behind the wheel of a car and I had an accident. I killed the man driving and injured two of his children. I will carry that around with me for the rest of my life. In 1987, I met a woman and we fell in love. So we moved in together and she girl got pregnant. Nine mon...   read more »

Brad of New York
Posted: August 13, 2009       Individual

I was sitting at an interstate rest area picnic table early one Tuesday morning in August 1987 when I had the proverbial spiritual awakening. Through an all too familiar haze of a pounding headache, parched mouth, broke and unemployed as of the previous evening, I was stuck without a ride 60 miles from home when IT happened - a final surrender! With obvious heavenly intervention, I saw THE problem with clarity, in spite of my hazed state, and it was alcohol and ME! I sought help that aftern...   read more »

Lorenzo S. of New York
Posted: August 13, 2009       Individual

I came into recovery in 1986 making Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. I even had a little bit of therapy during my 24 year journey and process of recovery. I learned that I could not stay stopped from using chemicals and for 20 of the 24 years. I stopped and started back, started back and stopped. I was a chronic relapser. I would stop going to meetings. Stop and go with my recovery, off and on, on and off. I found out that I always had a reservation in my mind to go bac...   read more »

Jean of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

Hello, my name is Jean and I am committed to long-term recovery and have been in this sober-recovery process for more than 9 years. What brought me to hopefully the last drink, was my precious 3 year old son looking up-staring at his "mommy" opening another bottle, family in another state begging me to get help, and mostly my own inner pain of not caring anymore whether I lived or died. Despite having a marriage, a college degree, a cochlear implant(i lost my hearing), a home and healthy chil...   read more »

Craig of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

I was born and raised in the Bronx. At 16, I moved to Spanish Harlem. I was drinking and smoking weed on a regular. During high school, I loved sports and had a passion for basketball. At the time, I was on the honor roll and was heading to U.C. of San Diego. The last thing that was on my mind was that I had a problem with substance abuse. In college, my drug use intensified. Although I was introduced to cocaine in high school, college was a new stepping stone. Students sniffed lines of coca...   read more »

Rob of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

If I take only half a pill now, that should get me through until we board. I just need to make sure that I have pills with me in case I need one during takeoff, and I can’t get up. I’m in the airport getting ready to fly home. My phone rings. Atlanta. Is there a reason why corporate security would be investigating you? Hmmm. That’s the best I did. Not, "you’re doggone right I know why they would be investigating me. Could it be because I’ve stolen over half a million dollars from their compa...   read more »

Anonymous of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Friend/Family

Dear Friends at Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, You’re probably surprised to hear from me, but I just wanted to let you know that life has been treating me real well. After I left there I moved back into my mom’s house in NY, I still live there now. I'm now a college student and am majoring in human services. I just graduated drug court recently. I'll have been clean and sober for 18 months very soon. I know I did not leave on the best of terms there, but I do believe that everything happen...   read more »

Tim of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

When I first heard about Commissioner Carpenter’s ‘Call for Recovery’ I said: "No, that’s not for me. Who wants to hear my story?" But then, I thought about it. Nineteen years clean…maybe I did have something to say. Of course, when I started out running the streets of East Harlem in the late 70’s and 80’s, recovery was the last thing on my mind. I did not think drugs or alcohol could possibly be a problem…it was all about "partying", and "party" I did. I "partied" myself through two trips to th...   read more »

Jim of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

Hi, I’m a recovering alcoholic and addict named Jim. Through the grace of God and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, along with the world class treatment I received through OASAS licensed treatment facilities, I have not found it necessary to drink or drug since December 10th 1999. When I heard about the NYS Voices For Recovery and OASAS were looking for people to tell their stories I decided to put my limited literary skills to work and attempt to share my story; in the hope that possibly...   read more »

paul of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

I began my pathway to recovery at age of 22 years old. I graduated from residential treatment at the age of 28. I have since completed a TASC program as well as residential treatment -- twice since then. I never gave up hope that I could overcome my addiction. With my faith and help from countless staff and counselors, I have remained drug-free for the last 4 years. I am now a substance abuse counselor myself giving back to addicts what was given to me -- a new LIFE.   read more »

Steve of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

Hi, my name is Steve and I'm a recovering Alcoholic. My story consists of drug use, so if you're old time Alcoholic Anonymous person, please move on to the next story as alcohol has not been my only problem. I did however; find recovery in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymus. Enough said. No big drunk-log here. I drank at 14 years of age for first time and feel in love with it! I made a decision I was going to feel like that every day for the rest of my life. I had found the answer to life. I f...   read more »

Ashley of New York
Posted: August 6, 2009       Individual

As early as 7, I was contemplating suicide. I had always felt this knawing feeling inside me, as if simply breathing was painful. I remember asking my mom, on my way home from church, what happened to people who committed suicide, and she told me that they go to hell. Later on in life, when I slowly began to commit suicide by way of drugs. I experienced the hell she was talking about. My life was a living hell. When I first started using, the pain of living was diminished. I even felt as if ...   read more »

Loretta of New York
Posted: August 4, 2009       Individual

I am a recovery addict that has been clean for 14 years. I have been a part of the New York City system since the day I was born. I grew up in foster care, group homes and then I aged out (grew to old) for the group homes and ended up on the streets at the age of 18. I lived on the street and developed a cocaine habit and then started smoking crack. Until I turned 34 years old, and then was introduced to recovery via Narcotics Anonymous and a wonderful outreach program. I worked really hard ...   read more »

Phyllis of New York
Posted: August 4, 2009       Individual

I am a Black American female born in South Carolina to God fearing parents. My story is quite simple,unique and extraordinary. From the age of 16, I started using tobacco which is the oldest and hardest drug to kick all due to it's being a legal drug. I remember my father made my sister and I smoke a package of Marlboro(cigarettes) one right behind the other. He said to us "you want to smoke"? Thank God it wasn't a cigar that we had to smoke. From cigarettes I ventured and experimented with ...   read more »

Craig of New York
Posted: August 4, 2009       Individual

I was born and raised in the Bronx. I started indulging as an adolescent. At 16, I moved to Spanish Harlem. I was drinking and smoking weed on a regular basis. In college my drug use intensified. Although I was introduced to cocaine in high school, college was a new stepping stone. Students sniffed lines of cocaine while doing all nighters studying during Midterms and Finals. Shoot, you didn’t have to tell me twice, drugs as a study aid, it was on and pop’in. My attitudes and behavior...   read more »

Timothy of New York
Posted: August 4, 2009       Individual

I started using drugs more than 20 years ago because all of my friends were using them. I started sniffing dope, then began shooting it. It was a nice thing at first. It made me feel good, alert, fast-thinking and it was fun. Then, within six months, it became a habit. Day and night. I was shooting up three times a day, and then everyday all day. I had so much dope in me that I would nod, and it felt good. But then, when I woke up the next day, it wasn't so good anymore. I also overdosed onc...   read more »

Wayne of Georgia
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

My father was an addict. My mother was an addict. My grandfather was an addict - yes, alcohol is a drug. My many uncles and cousins are also addicts. I guess you get the picture... I come from a long line of addicts. My use began harmless enough - a couple of drinks at a party. However, after romancing alcohol and becoming engaged to marijuana, I married heroin. I soon found myself homeless, hopeless and penniless. There was very little treatment for addicts in the 1960's, so my only rel...   read more »

Bob of New York
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

Feelings of never fitting in as a child, always feeling different, apart from, the odd man out. Spinning to create a different feeling as a kid, exhaling and squatting down, inhaling while standing up a few times and holding the last inhale till passing out. All of this made that 'never fitting in' feeling go away - temporarily at least. The alcohol, drugs, the lifestyle, then the prison, in and out 9 times - 5 felonies and 4 parole violations. Over and over, insanity. I never knew there was...   read more »

Cheryl of Hawaii
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

In 2000, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a disease of the central nervous system that causes all over body pain. The only treatment was powerful narcotics, so I went to a doctor who prescribed me "OxyContin." I took my first dose, and a sensation came over me. My pain had diminished, but I also had a sense of euphoria. I was hooked on the feeling from the first dose, and began chasing the "high." I began taking at least two at a time, and sometimes I would take so much that I would beco...   read more »

Katherine of New York
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

I was born into a family with parents who were addicts. I was also born into a family of abuse and a family where nothing I did was right. But somehow, life had its purpose for me - through the beatings and the sexual abuse - I still stayed strong. Somehow I knew it wouldn't go on too long. Many times, I felt like I didn't belong. I was one lonely little girl who was mad at the world. For those out there who suffer from a life of pain, I want to let you know that the storm is over and that yo...   read more »

Alan of New York
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

I was in the hospital six times in the past nine years. I have had internal bleeding and liver damage from drinking. Seven years ago, I passed out in my house. I was bleeding so much that I was in a coma. I had my last rights read and my Doctors told my family that they could not do anything for me. Two weeks later,when I came out of the coma, I could not speak, walk or talk. I could not even reconize my family. Now seven years later, I am doing fine. I have a little brain damage. If you saw me ...   read more »

Joe of New York
Posted: August 3, 2009       Individual

My name is Joe and I suffered from addiction for most of my adult life. My addiction brought me to places that I never thought would happen to me. Six and a half years ago, I was living in a crack house in Brooklyn, homeless and doing things I knew weren't right (robberies). I was eventually caught and spent the next 17 and a half months in jail. I was facing a slew of charges and the DA was offering me 12 and a half to 25 yrs in prison. One day while I was in the law library, I overheard tw...   read more »


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