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April 2010 Posts
Angie of New York
Posted: April 29, 2010       Individual

My life has been a constant struggle since the age of 14. I know this time something changed in me and I pray this is my turning point. I have not been clean an awful long time, but I know a lot about addiction and getting over the first few months of abstinence while living back at home. I mean by that, not in treatment and trying to live life without the old people, places and things coming back into our life. My addiction is to heroin and crack cocaine. I used to enjoy the needle and the s...   read more »

Deborah of New York
Posted: April 23, 2010       Individual

My addiction began when I reached the age of 40 as a form of self medication for mental illness, entitlement after birthing six children, lack of affordable entertainement, and companion sharing behavior for a spouse that drank since I had known him. At about the 10 year problem drinking mark, I awoke one morning and realized that I was killing myself and I had a new found desire to live. It was then and there that I put down the cigarettes and the alcohol. I enrolled in college at the age of 49...   read more »

Richard of New York
Posted: April 16, 2010       Individual

Hello, my name is Richard. I would like to thank my auntie and uncle for believing in me -- that I could quit drinking. When my two children were taken away from me and my wife, I knew that I had to make the hard choice never to go back to drinking. I don't understand why people like me lose their kids because of drinking. I would like to thank my parents for giving me the courage and for helping me through the tough times. I know that my story will help other people in their recovery and that m...   read more »

Mary of New York
Posted: April 13, 2010       Individual

I'm known as Mary the candy lady at the rehab I attended in 1995. While growing up in an unhealthy environment, I chose to escape the pain by picking up alcohol. I didn't want to die when I drank. I had the confidence of a normal teen, when I had a buzz on. This continued all throughout my life. I was the "Jeannie in the bottle," but once I climbed inside, the lid sealed shut. As my alcoholism progressed, and not long before I came close to death, I was drinking a gallon bottle of vodka in ...   read more »

Terasa of New York
Posted: April 13, 2010       Individual

I am going on 16 years drug / addiction free. I like to think of myself as one who is RECOVERED...for who the Son sets free is free indeed. I got delivered and set free from my drug demons in 1994. My first drug of choice was...cigarettes. I was born under the cloud of addictive toxins as everyone in my family was a smoker. My addiction with nicotine took off at age 13. I also used alcohol occassionally and marijuana too. But in 1987 at the age of 23 I started using crack cocaine and al...   read more »

Mitchell of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

I began drinking alcohol and using other drugs somewhere between the ages of 13 and 14. I rapidly progressed to a daily user of and dependent upon, numerous substances. For many years, my life was like a roller coaster, living from one high until the next and dreading the crashes in between. I also had been given several psychiatric diagnoses from the age of seven. I have been hospitalized in the past several times because of these disorders. As someone with co-occurring psychiatric and subs...   read more »

Karen of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

I first tried to recover in 1988 but as you do the math you can see I relapsed. I did all of the things we do to use. I wasn't "big time" or good at using anymore. I was a very unattractive person at that moment. I had no pride or dignity left. I met up with a recovering addict who told me "to get my butt to the rooms (NA) and stop hiding". I did. Eighteen years later, I wish that man was still here to hug at this moment, but he died last year with 25 years clean. I had a young son who was ...   read more »

Rosemary of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

My addiction started late in life I waited until I was 37 to experiement with crack. Yes, I am a recovering addict, and I am 8 years clean, and sober today. I am also a Phoenix House graduate, and thanks to them, I have my life back in order, my kids, and other family members in my life. I also organize other peers of mine for get togethers that we have once a month. We talk about where we are at in our lives and the treatment process we went through. Like so many addicts, I do not blame any...   read more »

Rodney of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

My turning point was when i got arrested for the sale of drugs. Instead of going to jail, I chose a drug program. That is where I began to learn about recovery. I felt that I needed a change in my life and now that I have been clean for 1 year and 5 months, I never knew how great it is to be drug free. Now what I need to do is stay clean and live just for the day and not pick up and learn to live life on life terms. Being in recovery is a wonderful thing. If you don't pick it up, you can't get h...   read more »

Sheila of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

I always thought getting what you wanted was the way life was no matter who got in the way from a very young age. Then I found the love of my life, I thought it was my daughter's dad, but it was HERION. I was blessed in 2005 by a wonderful Brooklyn Judge who saw it fit for me to be placed in a program which unfortunately has closed. Thru this process: I have my 12 year old daughter; am now 18 credit hours away from a casac-t; I've run sober house; learned how to be honest with myself and others ...   read more »

Cary of New York
Posted: April 9, 2010       Individual

I was born on June 3, 1963, the oldest of two children. At age five, I was diagnosed with leg perthes and confined to a hospital bed in my home for two years. Once I started school, I was on crutches for one year making me feel different than the rest of the children--broken. I received a lot of attention from everyone. However, at age nine my parents divorced and I blamed myself for their split because I truly believed that they had split because of my illness. My mother remarried and ...   read more »


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