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From Darkness to ‘Open Recovery’

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“As I think back to being handcuffed and walking out of the courthouse, it was hard to see what could come out of it. I was arrested — a bag of cocaine fell out of my pocket at the Bay to Breakers race. Those were dark days. It was tough for me to swallow the impact of my situation – especially on my family. My parents work for the government – and as a result of my arrest, my mom lost her security clearance. Instead of going to jail, I participated in the 3 month Drug Diversion program at COR. Most of us got there and were anxious to get through it. There were 20 people in the program when I arrived. We met weekly and over time we began to open up and talk. The facilitators really cared. I got comfortable and began to see how the others transformed…

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One Man’s Journey

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My name is Richard … I have 31 years of continuous sobriety. I grew up in a loving middle income family in New York City … My father was a business owner and an ALCOHOLIC … my mom was a stay at home mother…. My job was to IGNORE the stress of his drinking, anger, and bickering. I acted as if everything was normal … this is where I developed my CO-DEPENDENCE … I learned to hold in the stress and compensate with FOOD, my first ADDICTION. It helped me to regulate my emotions and hide my pain.               This was followed by  GIRLS, PORNOGRAPHY, ALCOHOL, FALLING IN LOVE, and  DRUGS… BREAKING OUT At the age of 23, I was married, and a salesman . I was like a 50 years old man!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 26, in 1967, I tried L.S.D. and  TURNED ON and DROPPED OUT … I left everything I knew and moved…

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