Month

May 2017
Three Weeks After My Wedding, I Lost The Love of My Life - #VoicesProject
My son, Carlos Castellanos, died at age 23 from a drug overdose, just three weeks after walking me down the aisle at my wedding. On that day, he was happy, healthy and loving life. He had a job and was expected to get a promotion the following month, loved his girlfriend dearly, and was planning...
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Through My Brother's Death I Found Life - #VoicesProject
I am a 51 year old recovering addict/alcoholic and my name is Tom. The fact that I am even alive to write this piece is a miracle in and of itself. It is the miracle of my higher power and my personal program of recovery. I was brutally raped and beaten when I was nine...
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My Twisted Love Story With Drugs Is Over. When I Think About My Future, I Have Hope. - #VoicesProject
My name is Caroline and I am a woman in recovery. I can say this today with a sense of joy and gratitude and wonderment. My life has transformed – is transformed; every day I get to walk in the light of a renewed life. My past has been redeemed and when I think about...
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Recovery Should Never Be About Luck - #VoicesProject
My name is Brooke M. Feldman and I identify as a person in long-term recovery.  What this means for me is that for close to 12 years, I have not turned to alcohol or other drugs as a coping mechanism for living life.  Instead, as the result of having access to the resources and supports...
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I Learned to Become Vulnerable & Authentic. And that Led Me to Long Term Recovery. - #VoicesProject
I am a selfish person, emotionally numb, and narcissistic in the sense that I believe to my core that everything should be handed to me. I was the youngest of the three brothers and grew up protected by two older brothers and a successful dad that gave me everything a kid could ask for. Yet...
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My Mother’s Death Planted The Mustard Seed of My Faith. Today, I Carry the Message of Hope. - #VoicesProject
I am a very private person. However, I wanted to share my story in hopes of helping another “motherless child.”  My mother was addicted to drugs and as a result of her drug use she was murdered when I was 8 years old. Her body was found inside a warehouse. She’d been strangled. As a...
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I'm Tired of Watching My Friends Die. So I'm Taking Steps to Raise Awareness. - #VoicesProject
My name is Spencer Brothers, and I recently celebrated 6 hard-earned years in recovery from drugs and alcohol.  Through relapses, hopelessness, homelessness, and involvement in the criminal justice system, I have come out the other side to find that the life that recovery has given me is beyond what I imagined was possible for me. ...
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The Hurricane of Addiction Nearly Destroyed My Family. I Lived To Tell the Tale. - #VoicesProject
My mom was not a perfect person. She may have lacked judgment, may have made poor choices. She may have done things, and said things, that were not right, influenced by the pills she ate and the madness that she developed over time. My mom hurt her children over the years. Caused pain to her...
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I'm 25 and I've Been Sober for Over 8 Years. I'm on a Rollercoaster That's Only Going Up. - #VoicesProject
I remember being locked in my room. I have these little hinge door locks and I was searching desperately for them. I was overdosing. I had never overdosed before up to that point, and I could feel myself literally slipping slowly into death. I prayed to this God that I didn’t believe in to help...
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By 14, I Was in Full Blown Addiction. What I Didn't Know was the Nature of My Illness. - #VoicesProject
My name is Maya, I’m seventeen years old, and I have 2 and a half years off of prescription opioids. I am a young person recovering from addiction. Never in my childhood did I ever see myself having to identify myself like that – with the word “addict.” I grew up thinking that an addict...
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