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OASAS Stories of Recovery
April 2009 Posts
nydia of New York
Posted: April 17, 2009       Individual

I am the only daughter of my parents and I was molested by my mother's sister's husband. I believe that that was the begining of alot of pain that I kept to myself. I began to hate me and every man I could, except for my dad. I believe My Higher Power got me clean when he did so that I could save my dad's life. When I had just two years clean, I found out that my dad's kidneys where failing and that he needed a kidney to live. So one year later, I did just that. I gave my dad a kidney. I ca...   read more »

KEVIN of New York
Posted: April 16, 2009       Individual

This was a journey which had its origin on September 11, 2006. This is a very special date for myself. A committment was made that I would pursue a career in social services encompassing all populations substance abuse, HIV, homelessness and domestic violence. On September 11, 2006, my youngest sister passed away due to medical from living with the virus for 15 years and fighting a substance abuse issue. Over the years, I've seen the difficulty individuals have had trying to obtain supportiv...   read more »

Peter of New York
Posted: April 16, 2009       Individual

I've been in recovery for 19 years. However, there were two turning points for me. The first was when I began the pathway to recovery because I simply realized that I was destroying myself. The second, which occurred two years ago, following a severe relapse, when I realized that at my age (50), there wasn't much time left to beat addiction and live a truly clean and sober life. Frankly, I overcame the challenges I faced first through the support of a close friendship and then through the suppor...   read more »

Jes Marie of New York
Posted: April 16, 2009       Individual

I'm a human being. I'm a spoiled brat. Anyone that uses drugs has literally spoiled themselves. The physical impairments have scared me straight from some drugs. I sometimes wonder if I knew what I was getting myself into, if some part of this was in fact destiny. Then reality strikes and brings me to stand in the puddle of self responsibility, acknowledging that I myself, with my choices, have brought me the memories I see, the mind in which I now think with, and in the body in which my humble...   read more »

Grayling of New York
Posted: April 16, 2009       Individual

My mother was adopted after being found in a garbage can. My father died six months after I was born. My drug use began when I was 12. I smoked cigarettes, marijuana, angel dust, and Crack. One drug became a gateway into other drugs for me. My life spiraled downhill until I hit rock bottom: I shot heroin, drank alcohol and used LSD. I was kicked out of public school, became homeless and begged for food. Prison became my home for more than 15 years, and my life seemed hopeless. My tu...   read more »

Juan of New York
Posted: April 16, 2009       Individual

I am a miracle. Especially, after using drugs for almost 20 years and spending most of my life in prison because of my drug addiction. I am now very happy with my life. I went to a 12-steps program and I was able to get my life together with the help of people in recovery. They helped me to stay clean one day at a time. My life is much better today than it was 14 years and 10 months ago. I am a different and responsible person today. I am also a role model to others that are seeking recovery...   read more »

Sharon of New York
Posted: April 14, 2009       Individual

Did you ever hear someone say pot is harmless and you can't get addicted to it? I believed that lie for many years. After 35 years of using I tried to stop and realized that I was powerless over this drug. YES, it is a drug, not a harmless plant or natural herb that hurts no one. I am currently in treatment and 7 months sober and a very grateful recovering addict. It took 3 months for my system to clear of this drug. I realize now how much damage to body, mind and relationships that it has ...   read more »

Janet of New York
Posted: April 1, 2009       Individual

My turning point was in 2001 when I ended up in a New York State prison for three years for the second time. It was at this low point of my life that I realized that I was a terrible criminal and a sick and suffering addict. Dealing drugs was what I turned to in order to sustain and un-sustainable crack and heroin addiction. During this final prison stay, I met a counselor that taught me about the disease of addiction and inspired me to seek an end to my suffering and a new beginning to my l...   read more »

richard of New York
Posted: April 1, 2009       Individual

Hi my name is Richard. I just wanted to let people know how alcohol ruined my life. It all started when I was 14 years old and I thought it was cool but I didn't realize how much it was killing my insides. When I had no money, I used to fight with my mom and dad, my two sisters and even my boss to buy me some. Later on in life, when I met my wife, I used to fight with her to buy beer too. When she got pregnant with my older son, poeple thought I would change, but I never did - even when my d...   read more »

 
   

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