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May 2010 Posts
Lisa of New York
Posted: May 27, 2010       Individual

I didn't know how to stop using drugs. I went to Narcotics Anonymous, Alcohol Anonymous and nothing helped. As a result, I had a car accident and two special people died because of my negligence. I was horrified that I took their lives even if it were unintentional and I knew I had to not let them die in vain. I had to get clean and help others. I was arrested and went to Daytop while out on bail. I did wind up going prison once I completed Daytop but because of the program I am a different pe...   read more »

Rose of New York
Posted: May 27, 2010       Individual

The first drug I used was marijuana. I was 15 years old. I smoked marijuana until the age of 17. I stopped smoking because I was seriously considering joining the armed forces. I left for basic training two weeks after I graduated from high school. While in the Army, I was drugged and raped by someone I respected and trusted. I was 25 years old. My grandmother who had raised me passed away shortly aferwards. I never got to tell her what had happened to me. I never told anyone. Before I knew ...   read more »

Brian of New York
Posted: May 20, 2010       Individual

I relapsed in 2006 after five years and one week. I relapsed because I forgot where I came from. My mom and dad were alcoholics and myself being a 'babyboomer from the '60's where we did everything under the sun and then some. I always thought it was normal to have a beer in one hand & a joint in the other. That's the way I thought life was. Well, I stayed in the bars while everyone else got married, had families & careers. Well, I finally got tired of 'being tired' & called Daytop from the ...   read more »

Sandra of New York
Posted: May 17, 2010       Individual

My turning point was when I found myself on a road in Belville NJ tryng to hitchike my way home after a long night of drinking and drugin'. A large truck blew me over a guard rail and I knew this was not the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life. After I got that ride from a pastor of the church I was goin to, I took that as a sign, to change, and I did. I went into a detox program, and from that point on, I have never looked back. For myself, recovery is the best thing that happened to ...   read more »

Joan of New York
Posted: May 13, 2010       Individual

I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I have one brother and our parents died when I was 16 years old. My mother died in her sleep unexpectedly. I was determined to complete college and receive an RN degree. The following year, I married my high school sweetheart and we had 7 children. Our success story began to tumble in 1976. It was more than I could cope with. One afternoon, I tried to calm my nerves with Vodka and OJ -- it worked. Within 3 years, I was obsessed with drinking alcohol. ...   read more »

Mark of Other
Posted: May 13, 2010       Individual

My name is Mark and I am a recovering addict. Mine is a story of change and growth. As a child I always felt lke an outsider. I had many friends but could never really feel part of a group. I felt that there was somethng different about me, and there was. I must admit, if something was amiss, they new where to look and who to accuse. For hyperactivity, I was diagnosed and placed on a daily dose of barbituates from age 1 - 6. My mother, in her ignorance, took me off them cold turkey at age six w...   read more »

Tony of New York
Posted: May 6, 2010       Individual

My 28-year teaching career was in jeopardy due to my addiction to cocaine. However, alchol and gambling had also played major roles in my fall from Grace. Repeated attempts at recovery failed although my gambling had been arrested in October of 1980. My life was crumbling before my eyes. First, I lost my job, then my home and family. My biological family wanted nothing to do with me, so I continued on my path to destruction which I knew would end up in jails, institutions or death. I was ...   read more »


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