Allegheny County, PA
As a child I was always nervous and shy around others; I shunned attention even though I craved it. At eleven years old I found my magic pill. Drugs and alcohol made me outgoing, funny, and confident.
For the next twenty years, self-medication was my answer for everything; I was always searching for the “ultimate” high. I constantly tried to find the right mixture of drugs and alcohol for the euphoric state I desired; the following years were essentially addiction maintenance. I told myself that euphoria was still attainable; I ignored the obvious, that I was an addict and an alcoholic.
“There were many twists and turns in my journey over the past fifteen years that were not pleasant or easy.”
In January of 2002, my eyes were opened, because of what I deem to be a spiritual experience, and I admitted myself to a detox. I followed with going to an intensive outpatient program and AA meetings. Before I knew him, my God guided me to the men who had what I wanted. I found out H.O.W. to get and stay sober; Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness.
Today my life is beyond my wildest dreams; I have the job of my dreams, a comfortable home, and truly everything I need. Twelve steps, the wisdom of others, and a spiritual awakening has transformed me into the man I am today. There were many twists and turns in my journey over the past fifteen years that were not pleasant or easy. But I did not use or drink; if I remember to do that daily I can do anything. God’s blessings to all.