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OASAS Stories of Recovery
Alejandro of New York
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual
Time in recovery: 2 years, 2 months       Age: 37       Gender: Male

I believe that education is important when it comes to recovery. I hear countless stories of the frustration that recovering addicts feel when they sober up and can't find a job or properly care for their family. I've been trying to grasp recovery for twelve years and only when I began to educate myself did it truly work. It's helped me in more ways that I start to realize the more I educate myself.

My self esteem has awakened, my speech has improved and life matters more to me now that I truly am able to experience life outside my neighborhood. Not only am I marketable: I also have more to share with others than just "My Story".! I remember attending self help meetings and feeling empty. I was sober but I felt like my life was at a stand still. I am attending college now and working towards a career in the field of substance abuse. T. Gorski a pioneer in the field of substance abuse spoke and taught about stuck points that occur in an addicts road to recovery. These stuck points are reasons for concern for me. So I not only stay away from drinking or drugging, I also thrive to better myself and educate myself so I can make a difference in society. I've been through a lot- from homelessness to prison. I don't allow my mistakes or where I've been define who I am. Rather, I continue to move forward and look ahead on what I can do to right my wrongs and hopefully help someone along the way!

 
   

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