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OASAS Stories of Recovery
January 2009 Posts
Sara of New York
Posted: January 30, 2009       Individual

I started drinking when I was a freshman in high school and immediatly I loved it. It made everything more colorful. It made me feel like everyone liked me better, that I was the center of the party and that the party was never going to end! And I never wanted it to end. Then I started smoking marijuana at 15 and that led to a daily habit which lasted until I was 24. I quit extra-curricular activities because they didn't go along with hanging out with my friends and getting high. I left long...   read more »

Marialice of New York
Posted: January 27, 2009       Individual

My story is dedicated to Kristen K., who died from the disease of alcoholism at age 24. I am in long-term recovery from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Gambling, mental illness, alcoholism and drug addiction have been in my family for generations. Alcoholism is hereditary, it kills and does irreparable damage to families. I grew up in a typical middle class family. We had most of what we wanted and all of what we needed. I have two younger sisters and one younger brother. Bein...   read more »

Juan of New York
Posted: January 23, 2009       Individual

My name is Juan and I am an addict, which for me includes alcohol and drugs. I started out by getting involved with the courts and then I was sent to several treatment programs including a supportive living unit. It was there that I began to grow as an individual. I went back to school and now on my third year of college, with intentions to learn grant writing and to continue to volunteer at the treatment programs that helped me. I also hope to start a reachout crisis hotline as well. I ...   read more »

Anonymous of New York
Posted: January 23, 2009       Individual

My story begins at age 11. Depressed and angry at such a young age, I gave myself two paths to go down - suicide or drugs. The very next day, I started smoking pot. By junior high school, I was drinking and getting high every day. By high school, I started using other drugs. To support my habit I began selling drugs. My reputation was up there as having the best of the best amongst my peers. Than I got busted. While incarcerated I met up with my long time friend who was also doing time on a ...   read more »

Danny of New York
Posted: January 22, 2009       Individual

I have an extensive substance dependency history dating back to my twelfth birthday. My addiction lead me to the life of crime, in which I spent nine years in prison and have attended at least ten inpatient or out patient facilities with attempts to stop using. I have not used any type of mood or mind alternating chemicals since 2001. I currently hold an Associate Degree and have a Bachelors Degree. I have about thirty credits towards a Masters Degree in Social Work.   read more »

Monica of New York
Posted: January 22, 2009       Individual

Experiencing a family history of long term substance abuse, I began using alcohol at age 10 and marijuana at age 15. By the time I was 19 years old I was using crack cocaine. As a young adult, my life was totally unmanageable. I was an unemployed high school dropout, using drugs daily and had no hope for a better life. After loosing my mother to AIDS in 1993, as a result of her own addiction, I entered a treatment program called Samaritan Village. This life-changing decision was frightening,...   read more »

Vivian of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

My addiction began at the age of 20 years old. I grew up in a household that was dysfunctional and had a lack concern and love. My mother used heroin and alcohol most of her life and my dad drank alcohol all of his life. My grandmother raised me and my siblings. Pretty much I did not have a positive role model to look up to and to reinforce my sense of direction in life. So, I resorted to the streets looking for the love and concern that I had never received as a child in the home. I was...   read more »

Desretta of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

I am an African American single female 43 years of age, who has been in recovery for 2 years from crack/cocaine and heroin. This is not my first time being in recovery, I had alot of clean time before, but this experience with recovery this time is completely different. I take my recovery serious this time, in which before I didn't. I had to take a serious fall to get to the point where I'm at today. My recovery involves my higher power: God. I have completely been delivered from that life ...   read more »

Joseph of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

In am so happy to share my recovery story. After 17 years of jails, prisons, institutions and wanting to die from my alcohol and crack cocaine addictions, I finally got CLEAN! My life has turned around so much by being in recovery. I have a beautiful wife, daughter, home and respect for myself! I have been working as an Addictions Counselor for almost four years and have a CASAC-T and I am now ready to get my CASAC. God is good and one day at a time works for me!   read more »

ARCHANGEL of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

During the days of my drug use (real heavy drug use), I was not able nor did I care about anyone or anything. I lost my state job, my mother while I was incarcerated, the love of my family and friends and my freedom (incarcerated for many, many years). I was asked by someone just recently, “where was I in regards to my sobriety?" I told them that I now live my life as a camel! Yes, that’s right! As we all know, a camel cannot physically lay down at night without first getting on its knees. ...   read more »

Jose of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

In the early seventies, I was the President of a division of a black jacketed chain festooned gang. My second career choice was the same as that of most of the neighborhood boys - drug dealing. While in my teens, I began selling drugs. I remember the day I first sniffed heroin - November 25, 1978 - because it was the day my first daughter was born. I gave out heroin bags instead of cigars. I was twenty-two and had spent two and a half years in Prison, an experience that gave me the equiv...   read more »

Gary of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

I have been in recovery for 14 years and 3 months after a 27 year addiction history to various substances. The last 8 years of my addcition lead to homelessnes (eating out of trash cans, sleeping in abandoned buildings, etc.). I lost my family due to drug addiction and had nowhere to turn. In 1993, I entered a therapeutic community and attempted recovery. I relapsed after 4 1/2 months and returned to the streets. In August of 1994, I returned to the therapeutic community and remained abstine...   read more »

Frank of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

I am currently the Clinical Director and founder of an emotional healthcare services agency with more than twenty years in recovery from drugs and alcohol. I chose the addiction treatment profession because my personal experience and family history includes significant chemical dependency. By seeking treatment, I was able to overcome my problems and change the direction of my life. I earned my graduate and post graduate degrees with honors (MBA, LCSW, CASAC, DOT SAP). I have also been awar...   read more »

Frank of New York
Posted: January 21, 2009       Individual

Well my story is like so many others who have had an addiction to alcohol. It sure can take over your life. At the time of my addiction, I would not admit that I had a problem. Most of the guys I hung around with had the same problem, so I just thought it was normal. This all takes place before August 1 1983. It all started when I was a teenager in the 60's. Back then you could drink legal in NY at 18. But I started out when I was 16 or 17. At first, I thought drinking as a cool thing ...   read more »

Anonymous of New York
Posted: January 20, 2009       Individual

Off and on for almost twenty years I was addicted to crack-cocaine. My addiction took me places that I never thought I would go and places I never want to be a part of again. The one thing that I did gain out of my addiction is that I now have a wonderful personal relationship with God. My Lord Jesus Christ has showed me that there was a reason why I experienced drug addiction. It was so that I could give a testimony to the wonderful love that God and his son Jesus Christ have for me and all...   read more »

Rafael of New York
Posted: January 20, 2009       Individual

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to fit in and be accepted. At the age of 5 years old, I was burned in an accident that resulted in 3rd degree burns on my face and body. This also resulted in years of plasic surgery and not always feeling accepted. My parents and family were very supportive and caring and loving. But "kids being kids" were sometimes cruel and because of this, I felt less than. During my early teen years, I discovered cigarette and alcohol and began to fit in wit...   read more »

 
   

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