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OASAS Stories of Recovery
March 2010 Posts
Michael of New York
Posted: March 30, 2010       Individual

My story and my relatonship with drugs and alcohol started at the age of 12. It started with an introdution to marijuana and alcohol, but like what happens to so many, it quickly escalated to contolled substances, Hallucinogenic substances, opiates and out of control binge drinking. At age 29, I moved to Texas after burning almost every bridge. I carried with me, rage, anger and an emptiness inside, that I perpetually tried to fill with alcohol and drugs. Having lost everthing and then slowly...   read more »

George of New York
Posted: March 30, 2010       Individual

Being on parole helped me to stay off of drugs and keep my life in order. By staying focused is the best way to stay clean. The message that I would give to the new-comer is to stay away from drugs as much as possible. My life now is much better since I don't use drugs. I can get a lot more things done than I used to do. Five years from now, I see myself living a better life than I was five years ago. Just for today, I can say that I am drug-free and more happy.   read more »

Orlando of New York
Posted: March 30, 2010       Individual

I was born in Brooklyn to a very dsyfunctional family. Alcohol, drug-selling and violence was a way of life. I was 8 years old when I had my first drink which was given to me to celebrate manhood. I started selling drugs at a very young age and by the time I was 14 years old, I had drug selling locations in Queens and Long Island. My uncldes had Brooklyn. I was arrested in 1975 for criminal possession of a loaded firearm. All this time, I was drinking, smoking weed and sniffing cocaine becau...   read more »

Megan of New York
Posted: March 25, 2010       Individual

The first day of my life began January 4, 2008. I grew up never really knowing who I was. I have two loving parents who have always experienced and had a typically normal, healthy childhood. I began using drugs and alcohol at age 15, trying to find myself and to feel accepted by others. I was in an out of treatment facilities, but I never could admit that I had a problem, until I was completely mentally, physically and spiritually bankrupt. I lied, stole and cheated and had the behaviors of ...   read more »

Dan of Pennsylvania
Posted: March 25, 2010       Individual

My name is Dan and i am an addict. I was introduced to pain killers when i was young (maybe 14). As I got older, my taste became bigger for drugs, especially opiates. When I was 17 years old, my father died after being sick for a long time. I progressed from low dosages to higher dosages, finally ending where all addicts do, shooting heroin. On August, 20, 2009, I decided to get help through a rehab center. I checked my self in to a 28-day drug rehab, where I detoxed and learned how to live ...   read more »

Denise of New York
Posted: March 25, 2010       Individual

My turning point was feeling like I was in a rut all the time. Once you are truly high, you can't get any higher. You are just going through the motion, because it's a habit and you feel like you need this routine to get right for the day. I got tired of ducking the jobs that would ask for a physical because I knew that it would come back that I was using. So I went to a treatment program to get help. I have been using for over 30 years and have always maintained a job. I was what they ca...   read more »

James of New York
Posted: March 25, 2010       Individual

This has been a long road traveled. At 32 I have come to the realization that I am an addict and that my life was unmanageable. I just couldn't do it anymore. I am married and have 2 children with more to loose, everything to gain. I woke up hopeless every day. I made myself a zombie and numbed every feeling I had or could feel. I ignored my wife and children. I argued, fought and was verbaly and sometimes borderline physicaly abusive. I was becoming someone I promised never to be. I was on ...   read more »

Izetta of New York
Posted: March 23, 2010       Individual

In 1997, I was incarcerated in the NY state prison system. I remember crying that I didn't want to be in prison. I began to pray to GOD that if I have to be here please allow me to change my life. I was offered an opportunity to participate in the CASAT program. This program allowed me to recognize that I could choose to make changes in my life while in prison. I learned that I was a good, smart, and strong person. I began to attend treatment and college while incarcerated. Once I returned t...   read more »

UMAKANTHA of New York
Posted: March 16, 2010       Friend/Family

I am a father of a son who is DX schizoaffective disorder since the age of 14 years. We have gone through so much in life. I am a physician working with addicition/psych patients. I see patients with addicion get a sponsor/attend meetings for their addiction problems. I see a big gap in RX mental illness. Patients with chronic mental illness medications help 50 percent of the time. We rarely add follow up with support groups for mental illness. Lots of communities do not have diagnosis speci...   read more »

Jerry of New York
Posted: March 12, 2010       Individual

Like most recovering alcoholics and addicts I was having a grand time until I crossed the "invisible line" and entered the true depths of addiction. At my bottom, I was homeless living in an abandoned truck in the heart of East New York. My several trips to Queens Hospital detox had planted the seed in my brain. I entered long-term treatment at Samaritan Village in September 1988. The experience I had changed my life forever. I ended up working for them and moved up the ladder, while simulta...   read more »

Richard of New York
Posted: March 1, 2010       Individual

Hello, my name is Richard and I would like to share my story with people. It all started when I was 14 years old. People thought I would never stop drinking and I never thought I would either until one day I lost my two children. There was a court order to stay away from alcohol and I got cought two times and then I was facing jail time. My lawyer asked the Judge to put me into rehab and when that day came, my family told me if I wanted my children back and my wife that I needed to do what the c...   read more »

George of New York
Posted: March 1, 2010       Individual

My name is George, I come from a mother who was a heroin addict and a father that due to drugs became incarcerated. From 1967 up until this day, he is serving life without parole. So this is where I begin. I use to tell myself I would never be like them, but being around drugs and alcohol my whole life that is just the person I became. At the age of 13, I had to run away from home because my brother and sister where taken and placed in foster care and I did not want to go there. So I lived in...   read more »

 
   

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