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OASAS Stories of Recovery
July 2010 Posts
Lillian of New York
Posted: July 15, 2010       Individual

I began using at age 15 after my father suddenly passed away. I didn't connect the two until years later. I was ripe for addiction all my life, I was lonely and sad. My father's dying was the last straw. I had a secret, I was a scared, fear-based little girl that found a way to make it all better. Drugs and I were on the roller coaster from 15 to 33 non stop. I began with pot, and then I would take whatever I could get my hands on. As time went on, I allowed myself to be beaten, raped and dispos...   read more »

Malik of New York
Posted: July 14, 2010       Individual

Hello my name is Malik and I am an addict/criminal. I was the third child of five--the lightest child of the bunch and was always looking for ways to fit in. As a young child, I was betrayed by one of my siblings and sold into prostitution. Since that day I was never the same. I grew up with an identity crisis, sold drugs and ended up in prison for 14 years in New York, and had a long record of delinquency in New Jersey. While in prison, I was introduced into a 12-step program called NA. It was ...   read more »

richard of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

Hello my name is Richard, and I would like to take this time to thank my neices and nephews for helping me through my drug problem. They all told that I could do it if I put my mind to it! They also told me that if I wanted my childern back, I would have to go get help. So I went and got the help that I needed, and finally got my life back. I can't ask for anymore than that. I am now attending AA meetings, and I am helping a friend who is going through the same thing that I went through. I go to...   read more »

Carolyn of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

My name is Carolyn, and I'm an addict and an alcoholic. To look at me, you would not know it, but I am. I'm the product of an active alcoholic father and a bipolar, manic depressive, pill-popping rage-aholic mother. I'm also the youngest of three children; so much so that I was basically raised as an only child. So, along with the genetic disposition to abuse everything, I had that sense of entitlement that most babies of the family have. In the interest of space, let me tell you that I alw...   read more »

Ronald of New York
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

My name Ronald, and I am a blessed recovering addict. I am here from Hattiesburg. My path to recovery started when my family showed a lot of tough love when I came here. I stayed with my family for one night, and the next day they put me in the city mission. At that point I was stuck. One day I decided to go with a couple guys from the mission to drink in a local park. Some ladies called the police, and the police asked me for my ID. I told them I was staying at the mission, and they let them kn...   read more »

Donna of California
Posted: July 13, 2010       Individual

I was born with alcohol in my system--given liquor in my bottle. At 15, I started drinking a lot, resulting in sleeping with who ever was there. I was married and had two kids with a man. As a result of drinking and drugging, I had another seven kids. I lost every one of them to my addiction. I would steal, lie, sleep on the streets, had no family no friends, and so on. I went through beatings, was almost killed twice, and raped. I had no respect, and was given none. I went to jail a few times, ...   read more »


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