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November 3, 2017

Back in May when I approached Nick about telling his story, he took on the challenge of being an example of what addiction can entail and how people can battle adversity and succeed.

I've known this man since 2003 in our days at Malden Catholic High School, never once w...

August 21, 2017

A drug addict’s life is very similar to a haunted house, and the saddest part is, it always leads you back to the same desperate place - the very beginning. How did I get back here? There are three possible scenarios for people suffering from the disease of addiction,...

August 18, 2017

There is something to be said for being completely removed from society for a month and a half with no means of communication to the outside world. The only dialogue I had was with people just like me, and they all had their own reasons for being in a treatment center....

July 31, 2017

I can vividly remember stepping off the plane in Florida and thinking to myself, “what did I just get myself into?” Before I could even let my imagination run wild, I was greeted by someone who worked at the halfway house I was going to be living at. I stepped in his v...

July 18, 2017

Right up until this exact moment in my life when I graduated college, there was always a blueprint for what path I should follow. First it was to get situated in high school and figure out where I fit in and what my strengths were. Then it was to get into a decent coll...

June 30, 2017

There I was, a recent high school graduate caught in the midst of a terrible heroin and crack cocaine addiction. 

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty, and after taking a long look at this time in my life I am fully aware that the drugs and alcohol were never the problem....

June 19, 2017

Before I continue on with my story I would like to mention that I was overcome with anxiety as I was brainstorming this installment in the series. A lot of these memories bring me back to a time in my life that was very dark, very lonely and very confusing. I am not wr...

June 13, 2017

Whenever someone asks me to describe myself, I almost always become confused and uneasy about what that question actually means. Do they mean my physical attributes? Do they mean the standardized test type questions that you can only answer with a #2 pencil? Do they me...

June 8, 2017

Over the past few decades, writers and psychologists have been focusing on the specific amount of time it takes to become a "master" at any given discipline. The answer that was widely debated, with many alternative points of view being released, was 10,000 hours. I do...

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