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November 2009 Posts
ANTHONY of New York
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

I was homeless and jobless, but didn't lose hope on being a better person. I just didn't know how to stop. So, I hit my bottom when I was trusted with hundreds of dollars and ran off with just twenty. I knew then that I indeed needed help so I went to detox and then to rehab and finally learned how live life on life's terms. I completed the program and got a job but got laid off after only three weeks. It hurt to lose the job due to my criminal background, but I still have not picked up and ...   read more »

Bert of New York
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

The first time I went to Alcohol Anonymous, I only went to get rid of my wife's attorney. I stopped for three months - no lawyer - started up again with a drinking plan. Nine months later I tried to finish myself off. So, I went back to Alcoholics Anonymous with no hope of getting sober. I had DTs , blackouts, marriage problems, my job was about to end, drivers licence issues,major debts etc., etc. Four or more meetings a week and two sponsors, and a home group (jobs in group) and 52 years later...   read more »

Daniel of New York
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

Somehow I always seemed to find trouble... I do not know when I started to drink alcohol, but I began to smoke pot at age 11. At the age of 16, I was arrested for shoplifting. This began a string of criminal activity that became the beginning of the end. In 1978, a few months prior to my 18th birthday, I was arrested for assault. The Vietnam War was fresh in everyones memory and recruitment into the Armed Forces was low. So as a bargaining chip in court, I offered to join the Army so off I w...   read more »

Michelle of New York
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

For me recovery is not just about a gift or another chance at life, but it is what you make of yourself. To be that person you dream of being one day. Instead of wasting away a good life with addiction, we need to make something of ourselves, our lives, feel more alive, more real and supportive of ourselves by paying more attention to our needs and knowing what our wants in life are. Being there for one another, our children, the people we hurt and care about and for. Making that difference in s...   read more »

Thomas of New York
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

I am Thomas. I am a drug addict and I AM recovery! I have been blessed with a wonderful opportunity to get clean and sober, and now it is with great pleasure that I give it back to those needing and wanting it. I started drinking and drugging at age 16 because I thought it was cool. But unlike most of my friends at the time, I couldn't stop. I dropped out of college because I couldn't be bothered going to classes. I couldn't keep a job because I wasn't reliable enough to show up. My parent...   read more »

Mike of Ohio
Posted: November 19, 2009       Individual

I am a Daytop Grad that did not know what life was until I walked into the doors of Daytop. Today I love life and give back to Daytop every six months when I am in NY. I now have a little girl, a baby on the way and I owe it all to Daytop for showing me how to be a normal person. For years I blamed the sexual and physical abuse I suffered as a child for my addiction. Today those things do not have any power over me. I make good decisions and good things happen to me as a result of them. I am...   read more »

Wanda of Illinois
Posted: November 13, 2009       Individual

My name is Wanda Woods I an 40 years old here is my story : I was living in a community called Englewood which is poverty stricken and extremely bad. I am a survivor of incestuous rape by my brother from the ages of 4 to 8 years old. I started drinking at 9 years old and smoking marijuana and cigarettes at 11 years old. I got married very young to escape that life. My husband was abusive and an addict. He would make me sell my body for his habit. My husband introduced me to snorting coca...   read more »

Jean of Michigan
Posted: November 13, 2009       Individual

At a young age, I started using heroin and became an addict by the time I was fourteen years old. By the age of 23, I was involved with some heavy weights in Detroit which caused me to get deeply involved in racketeering and drug trafficking. In one violent moment, I became involved in a crime that led to my arrest and 18 years with the State of Michigan and two years with the Federal Penal system. While in prison against all odds, I finished my GED, went on to obtain a Substance Abuse Couns...   read more »

richard of New York
Posted: November 13, 2009       Individual

Hi my name is Richard and I am a recovering alcholic. I am trying to help others that were in my shoes at one point. I don't understand what makes people start drinking and using a drugs. I know this one person that drinks and he try to tell me that just having a couple of drinks doesn't mean that you are a alcholic, but I try telling him that is. But you can't tell him anything, so I gave up. He will eventually catch up to him. One day, I would like to help him, but like they say, you can h...   read more »

Allison of New York
Posted: November 4, 2009       Individual

My name is Allison and I am an addict. I started using when I was 14 years old. I started with weed - like so many others - and alcohol. It wasn't really a problem at first. I only smoked it when I was with other people to pretty much fit in. I would stop and start over the years until I was 17 years old. Shortly after that, I met my fiance Richard. After about four months of us dating, he proposed at Applebeas resturant when I was completly drunk and having my first blackout. I was smoking ...   read more »

Richard of New York
Posted: November 4, 2009       Friend/Family

hello my name is Richard and I just wanted to tell people that I am a strong beliver in God. If I didn't believe in God, I don't think I would be sober today. Most of all, it took me a long time to realize that I had a drinking problem. It all started when I was 14 years old when I had my first drink. I just couldn't stop. I had to keep going - not knowing that it was hurting my body. It took alot out of parents and my sisters. At one point, I was so bad a drinking that I had to have it day ...   read more »

Ann of New York
Posted: November 4, 2009       Individual

I entered St. Barnabas Methadone Program about 12 yrs ago. I was not really in love with the concept of another drug helping you to get off another drug, but I had tried on my own and nothing worked. I had been in the drug game for over 28 years. I had children and a marriage(spouse also was drug abuser). St. Barnabas showed me compassion and the opportunity to be an ordinary human being - which to me meant exceptional - given the life I was living and the person I had become. I never went i...   read more »


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