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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.

Partners for Hope raise critical funds on behalf Partnership to End Addiction – the nation’s leading organization dedicated to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Every dollar raised on behalf of the Partnership* will help ensure free, personalized family support resources, including our national helpline, peer-to-peer parent coaching, customized online tools and community education programs, can reach those who need them most. Please consider donating to this fundraiser and sharing this page.

*Donations made to Partnership to End Addiction are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributions are fully tax-deductible, as no goods or services are provided in consideration in whole, or in part, of any contribution to this nonprofit organization.  EIN: 52-1736502

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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)