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OASAS Stories of Recovery
David of Ohio
Posted: June 24, 2010       Individual
Years in recovery: 1       Age: 25       Gender: Male

I have been using drugs for the past 10 years of my life. Since age 15 I have been in several jails, institutions, and spiritually dead. After repeating the same mistakes over and over again and ending up with the same results, I finally had enough, and decided to try a new way of life. This last time I was arrested for larceny and spent a couple months in jail followed by treatment. When I was finally released I knew this time I was serious about my recovery, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I began attending Narcotics Anonymous Meetings on a regular basis. It was suggested that I attent 90 meetings in 90 days, get a sponsor, and keep coming back. I did all of this. I have now been able to obtain one year clean and can't believe it, this program has worked miracles in my life, and without the people in this fellowship I could not have done it. I know that if I am able to obtain one year clean, anybody can do it.

Recovery has changed my life; my family trusts me, I have money in my pocket, I'm in college. I could go on for days with the blessings this program has given me. My family saw the change in me, they didn't go by what I was saying, because I was a liar, they watched my actions and made sure they matched what I was talking.

My recovery today speaks for itself. I live recovery, and without it I would have nothing and be living a misable life. This is a God given program, and it was offered to me at no cost, so today I do everything that I can to carry the message and pass on what was so freely given to me, a program that saved my life. Give yourself a break and try not using on a daily basis. Our message is: "Any addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live."

Our message is hope and our promise is freedom, and in the end this is all we have to give away. I had to be honest, open-minded, and willing for this program to work. This program has taught me principles that I can practice in my everyday life and in the long run has helped me become a better person all around. I've tried so many other ways to stop using and nothing ever worked until I found this amazing 12 step program and for it I am so grateful today!


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