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February 2010 Posts
Keith of New York
Posted: February 26, 2010       Individual

My name is Keith. The end of my road to destruction was on Jan 25 2009. I saw my life going nowhere. I was losing my famliy, losing or quitting jobs, going in and out of shelters, and I was smoking crack ever chance I got. So one day I woke up and said I have got to stop and check myself in to A.R.C. Once I got to A.R.C, I began to use the program, make some meetings and talk about what I was doing about my recovery. Being in recovey has been great for me. I got my famliy back in my life, I ...   read more »

Richard of New York
Posted: February 26, 2010       Individual

Hello my name is Richard and I am writing to tell you that I've been sober for 3 years and 9 days. I know that when I am sober, I can help other people with recovery. There is one person that I helped and it felt good when he came to me for help. He also had lots of children and I knew what he felt like when I got my children taken away. People don't realize how much they are hurting themselves by putting drugs into their bodies. I hope that I can make a diffence in the world one day by help...   read more »

Erin of Texas
Posted: February 26, 2010       Individual

My name is Erin and I AM an Alcoholic. I turned to alcohol for support, numbness and as a crutch. I had been drinking for about 8 years before I got sober. I turned into a monster when I would drink. I became suicidal, self mutilating and very depressed and abusive. Most of my relationships were ruined by my drinking. No one knew how to handle me. I felt worthless and became very anxious. I blamed everyone for my problems - even God. I got in trouble with the law - accumulating 4 P.I.'s....   read more »

Darryl of New York
Posted: February 26, 2010       Individual

I was addicted to crack cocaine and now clean for 8 months and 12 days. My turning piont was when I was arrested and came out of jail and had to go into a treatment program. I had to overcome loosing my girlfriend. Today I am starting a job training for dental assistant. I look forward to doing this paid training. The starting pay is $350 a week. Once you graduate you can earn from $14 to $19 dollars an hour. My life before I got clean was horrible -- getting high every day and not caring ab...   read more »

Dawn of New York
Posted: February 26, 2010       Individual

I was quite young when I began my recovery path, only 26. I was a newly separated mother of a 2 year old. I had been in a very abusive, violent marriage for over five years. I had moved back to the US from Canada and was grieving for the loss of my marriage and my identity. I began drinking after being sober during my marriage. My drinking escalated. I was having blackouts, waking up in different towns unsure if I drove myself or how I got there. My son was left in the care of my sister or...   read more »

Angel of New York
Posted: February 17, 2010       Individual

My turning point was when I came out of a coma for 3 and a half months and got incarcerated due to my addiction and I was mandated to a 18 to 24 months inpatient treatment program. Project Samaritan turned my life around. I overcame my life by learning how to manage my life and how to be more responsible. Now I work peer volunteer in a outpatient program. I've been working there for two and a half years and I want to move on to be a substance abuse counselor and help others with their addict...   read more »

Tina of New York
Posted: February 17, 2010       Friend/Family

I am the child of an alcoholic. I came into treatment at about the age of 14 years old and started going to Alateen. My mom also went into treatment and to Alanon as she wanted to learn ways to deal with the chaos of addiction in our house. We got better and choose to leave my father. I am not sure if he ever got sober, but he taught me alot about myself. I am grown now and never choose to "pick up". Instead I took all my experiences and went to school. I have my master's degree and am now ...   read more »

Miguel of New York
Posted: February 17, 2010       Individual

The turning point at which I chose to begin my pathway to recovery from smoking weed and drinking 40 oz. beers was 14 years ago when my daugther was born. I did not want to be high around her or not be able to hear her cry for food. I wanted to be a responsible father not like my father who was always drunk. I overcame the challenges I faced by spending alot of time with my daugther taking her to the park or just playing with her. I want to share with others about my recovery that its easy wh...   read more »

raymond of New York
Posted: February 12, 2010       Individual

Hi my name is Raymond and I was born addicted to heroin because my mother used while she was pregnant. My addiction took off when I was 16. At the age of 18, I was sent to prison for 15 years. Every drug you can name, I did it. I've been homeless sleeping from crack house to crack house -- getting kicked out after the drugs were gone. But one day, I woke up and I got my life together. I'm now a drug and alcohol counselor with a Bachelors degree in social work. With the help of God, NA, an in...   read more »

Donna of New York
Posted: February 12, 2010       Friend/Family

Being in the field for many years helps us to better work with clients. But when it hits our own families, we become helpless. It is amazing how the addict tears apart the family like it does. But once they see this, recovery everything changes. Families mend and bonds are reclaimed. So what we need to do as a clinicians is to let the family heal and step back and keep our opinions to ourselves.   read more »

Dave of New York
Posted: February 8, 2010       Individual

They say recovery is not for those who need it, or for those who want it, but for those who are willing to do the work. Recovery is work, but the payoff is life changing and a gift beyond my wildest dreams. If anyone out there is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, I promise you there is a way out and a solution. I was a "garbagehead" for years and consumed every drug imaginable. My life was a deadend. When I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I asked for help and went to m...   read more »

Katy of New York
Posted: February 8, 2010       Individual

My name is Katy and I'm an addict. I had my first drink when I was six yrs old. It was given to me by my step father to numb the pain that he was about to inflict on me. At that moment in time, I had my innocense taken from me. That's how I learned to cope with the pain that I had been given in life. I grew up with my mom being raped and beaten in front of me. When he was done with her, he came for me -- ripping any prayer for a God from my heart. As a result, I tried to take my own life and...   read more »

Cathy of Michigan
Posted: February 4, 2010       Individual

My addiction is different. I am addicted to a person who is addicted to crack cocaine. After 2 years, I have been one month free of this person. I am in counseling, but I continue to feel withdrawl and a lot of emotional pain. This person ruptured my dogs trachea, sold two of my cars for crack, stole more money and possessions than I want to admit ... yet I still want to run back, not because life is good with this person or because of healthy love. I wanna run back to make the anxiety go away. ...   read more »


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