As told to Gina Gilanyi by Keith Granit
I used to make very bad decisions. I was drinking and doing drugs for years- not paying attention to anything, not caring about anything, and not caring about anyone. I was with all of the wrong people, all of my friends were bad influences. These people were doing risky things and I thought it was okay. I am very lucky to be alive today.
My family placed me into inpatient programs. I was depressed and still thought that my actions were right. I was in denial, but still going to group.
After I got out of my inpatient program they wanted me to continue getting help. I promised them I would go to these programs to get out. I went to outpatient programs, took proper medication, and went to my programs when I was supposed to be there.
During my time of recovery was really hard. I was very depressed and thinking about my actions the whole time. My mom saved my life.
I am now being honest with myself, people, places, and things. Some people don’t like it, but it is okay. I need to do what is best for myself and my recovery.
I attend Shore House. This program is very nice. Everyone listens and pays attention. I am learning things from staff and members. I find it to be very beneficial to my health. It gives me something positive to do and surrounds me with good influences rather than doing negative things like I used to.
This March will be eighteen years clean and sober. It will also be eight years no cigarettes. I am very happy and it feels good.
Thank you for listening to my story and thank you for your support.
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