Voices Project

My Name Is Vanessa. And I'm More Than An Addict.
Growing up, society taught me that I should not disclose that I am an alcoholic or an addict; that my addiction is something I should be ashamed of. I heard this message every time someone described someone’s behavior to be that of a “crackhead,” every time someone talked about what a “drunk” someone was or called someone a “junkie,” and every time politicians on TV talked about the War on Drugs and promised every addict would be locked away in prisons for life. I believed in this stigma for most of my life. I thought, as many people still do,...
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It's Skate, Drugs, & Rock and Roll. How this Jackass got sober.
Here’s the thing about overdoses: they never get easier. It’s not like a wipeout, like when you miss a trick and your board goes out from under you and you have about a tenth of a second to think about whether you’re going home with road rash or a broken kneecap. And it’s not like a felony, either, although the sick feeling is the same, like a roller coaster you can’t get off of. You could say I’m an expert at fucking up – and you could also say that, like many people in recovery, I’m an expert at surviving...
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The phone call no parent wants to receive
The phone call that no parent wants to receive came on November 10, 2016 at approximately 8:15 AM, the day that forever changed our lives. If we knew more, questioned more, educated ourselves, the outcome could possibly be different. Tori made decent grades during her first year (2012-2013) at Virginia Wesleyan College, nothing to write home about, but we were happy that she was happy. She was meeting new friends and getting into the swing of college life. Her volleyball season was not as planned, however, she was or we thought she was in a good place in her life. After...
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Chelsea Anne Dueitt is a long-distance mother in long-term recovery.
I started my recovery journey in 2012, when I took a stay in a three month long, all women’s treatment facility in Mobile, AL. Not long after I completed treatment I decided to take my will back and relapsed. I lived in the chaotic state of relapse after relapse for a year until I was so tired of the consequences I was facing and I decided to make some real changes in my life. Today, I am proud of the person I have become and I am proud to say that since August 28, 2013, I have not used any...
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Stas Novitsky celebrates 2 years in recovery today.
Two years and one day ago, I took a dive head-first into a dumpster. Why, you might ask? I was trying to find syringes I had thrown away a few days earlier. The dumpster was full and I had to throw pieces of trash out one-by-one during the hunt, I cut my arm up in the process. I climbed out with my used needles covered in blood, an apartment security guard stood by my bike, he looked me up and down and said, “I’m not going to call the cops but you need to get the hell out of here...
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Chris Reed has been living in long-term recovery since age 19.
My name is Chris Reed and I am a person in long-term recovery who lives a life far beyond what I ever thought was possible. I got sober on September 20, 2009 when I was 19 years old. I lived a normal childhood: good friends, excelled at sports, did well at school, great loving family, and had everything I could have ever needed. There was nothing that could have directly pointed me towards a life of addiction other than when I was offered my first drink I took it. I loved the effect produced with alcohol, I simply just felt okay. Worries, insecurities,...
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Anthony Alvarado explains why people in recovery are on a mission to change the world.
Why am I here? That’s a good question. I will never forget when a student asked me something quite similar a couple years ago. He posed the unexpected question “what is the meaning of life?” As silence rang out over the auditorium, I remember trying to assemble my thoughts and piece an answer together. Has anybody here ever asked themselves something similar? Like “what is my purpose?” or “who am I?” For me, it’s because I have a story to tell. We all do actually and it’s an honor to share it with all of you, in hopes that this...
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Carmela Cozart shares her journey: we do recover.
I’m a 34-year-old mother of 3. I’m also a woman living in recovery from addiction. I’d like to share my story with you. I was born in California to a single mom. When I was a baby, my mom and I moved to Maryland – which is home. That’s where my entire family is. I had a good childhood. I was loved. My mom, grandmother, aunt, uncle and my great grandparents…that was my family. I went to private school, had family vacations, and spent every summer at my Mimi and Pop’s beach house. My mom married my stepfather when I...
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Taylor LaChance shares her experience getting sober
April 4, 2015. The absolute hardest, but most beautiful day of my entire life. The day I got clean and sober. How the hell did that happen? Well, it all happened so fast. I always thought I wasn’t an alcoholic because I wasn’t your everyday drinker. I would drink here and there, but my motto was black out or go home, and I would do just that. The first time I got arrested I was 15 – and it was for underage drinking. The second time I got arrested for underage drinking I was 17. I wasn’t an alcoholic I...
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Sue Kruczek talks about life after the death of her son Nick.
When you lose a child everything changes. You become very forgetful and walk around in a constant fog. There is no name for a parent who lost a child. Not widowed. Not orphaned. The magnitude of the pain is too large. As parents are not supposed to outlive their children. Every aspect of our life has a memory. Every hockey rink, ride in the car, rooms in your house, and songs being played on the radio. You find yourself secretly wishing all the holidays would go away. You sing happy birthday with cake and candles. But the birthday boy is...
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