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My Freedom from Addiction

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My Freedom from Addiction

I was a clubbie in the first discos in NYC and dabbled in cocaine for years. But when I started cooking and smoking cocaine I was hooked. I was a functioning addict because I worked. But I became homeless at one point because I couldn't afford to pay my rent. I smoked that stuff for 14 years and when I turned 57 I thought it was a ridiculous thing for me to do at my age. So I prayed to God to help me quit because I was helpless. As it turned out I developed COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and ended up in the hospital for 8 days. There they gave me nicotine patches because there was no smoking. Thankfully that was the beginning of the end of my drugging days. I had to use oxygen 24/7 and now 11 years later I am very happy to be alive and smoke-free from everything. I've been on oxygen 24/7 for 10 years and it's not just from the coke. It's also from SICKarettes. I hope by reading a bit of my story, it will help people stop smoking them too.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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1. Cathrina
Social Behaviors among children are seen by strangers or lured with peer pressure. When do parents start to take action and how far do we have to draw the line. ( Comments welcomed)