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OASAS Stories of Recovery
March 2009 Posts
Pete of New York
Posted: March 27, 2009       Individual

My turning point was I was homeless and broke. I drank and drugged for over 30 years,lost contact with my family, stole, and iterally became nothing. I had been around Alcoholics Anonymous a few times. My dad was in it for 45 years before he died. I went to a shelter, then my third rehab and that's when I got really lucky. I got into Mercy recovery house. I do the same work as before recovery, so in a lot of ways my life is okay, but I'm hoping to land a decent job soon. In closing, I wish...   read more »

Bob of New York
Posted: March 24, 2009       Individual

On March 16, 1984, I entered my third alcohol detox. After drinking daily from 1967, after abandoning college, after a failed marraige, after losing several jobs, after a bankruptcy, after several one car wrecks, after losing my self esteem and self respect, I surrendered my alcoholic way of life and attempted to find a new way of living. A stay in a NYS alcoholic rehab and a halfway house gave me the initial support to begin recovery, and self help groups supplied further sober motivation...   read more »

Lydia of New York
Posted: March 23, 2009       Individual

My life was out of control. As a widow and mother of three at the age of 46, I started to use crack. I had never used drugs before. I drank a beer in 1972 and did not like it. I tried marijuana in 1970 and did not like that feeling. It was quite different with crack, I loved it and the way it made me feel. I neglected my youngest daughter and left her care to her older sisters who were now out of the home. I used every day for eighteen months. I left my job of sixteen years and sold my car...   read more »

Jamie of New York
Posted: March 19, 2009       Individual

For so many years I felt alone, uncomfortable, and afraid, and when I found alcohol it took all of that away. I grew up in a home with an abusive stepfather and a mother who was emotionally unavailable. As a child, I would force my emotions into the pit of my soul because I was taught that they didn't matter and that I could be punished for having them. I learned to please everyone around me and to ensure that everyone else’s happiness came ahead of my own. I learned that my opinions, my tho...   read more »

izetta of New York
Posted: March 19, 2009       Individual

Hello, I chose to share this story with my mother's permission on how recovery effects generations. My mother was a heroin addict for over 20 years. Her addiction prevented her from raising me and her mother accepted the position. I began using crack/cocaine at the age of 16. My addiction progressed just as quickly as my mother's had a decade earlier. I entered recovery in 1993 and began to develop a relationship with my mother who continued to use but constantly supported my recovery by ex...   read more »

Virginia of New York
Posted: March 19, 2009       Individual

Hello, I'm a blessed and recovering addict. Thank God for Recovery. My story is growing up in an environment whereas it was okay to use. It was the norm. But even as a child, I knew there was much more to life than what I was being exposed to, however, without the tools to deal with my feelings and wanting to be a part of the crowe, I used too. From the age of 14 to the age of 51, I was lost and found myself using against my will. I so desparately wanted to stop, but the pain of what I ...   read more »

Joseph of New York
Posted: March 11, 2009       Individual

I 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 got CLEAN for 8 years! My life has turned around so much by being in recovery. I have a beautiful wife, daughter, home and self respect of myself! I have been working as an addictions counselor for almost four years and have a CASAC-T ready to get my CASAC. God is good and one Day at a time works for me!   read more »

Emilio of New York
Posted: March 11, 2009       Individual

I began my recovery on 8/18/88. After many years of being in the grips of addiction, many incarcerations and treatment programs, I found the message of hope. The last treatment program required that I attend 12-step meetings and when I completed treatment I continued to attend. I followed the suggestions the program gave me - got a sponsor, joined a home group and got involved. I stayed away from people, places and things. I began to work the 12-steps. After a year clean I went to school...   read more »

louise of New York
Posted: March 11, 2009       Friend/Family

My 22 year old son has just achieved one year clean and sober. He was an honor student at one of the most prestigious universities in the northeast and became addicted to heroin changing the course of his life and ours forever. As his mother, I blamed myself for making his life too easy and privileged. But I learned from the wonderful program he went to that addiction is truly a disease and that our family did not cause it, can't control it nor cure it. I am proud of the young man he is...   read more »

chris of New York
Posted: March 11, 2009       Individual

I started when I was 12 years old. People bought us beer. We drank in the woods and then started with pot as the weekend warrior. I tried paper acid a few times, but didn't like it. Finally, I did find something that I liked - little yellow pills - speed. I got married. Me and my wife were big drinkers. But in the 70s and 80s, this litte white powder came my way everywhere I went. People partied with it and that was my cup of tea. I loved to speed. One day my wife said she was not going work ...   read more »

Joanne of New York
Posted: March 3, 2009       Individual

I grew up in an alcoholic home. Although I did not realize this until I was in my late 20s. Alcohol use was normal and I saw no problem, I just did not want to become like my dad. I began using addicitively at age 15. I liked the feeling I got from alcohol and at age 16, I fell in love with pot. My alcohol and pot use became worse as I got to college. I began to have blackouts. I thought I was just going crazy - I did not connect it with my drinking. At 19, I entered the convent. This ende...   read more »

 
   

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