My name is Craig and I am an addict. First I would like to thank God and the rooms of Narcotic Anonymous for allowing me to express my experience, strength and hopes. My addiction started very early in my life. I began experimenting at the age of six years old. My parents would always have a house, card or waist line party, and everyone would be drinking, smoking and dancing, and when it was over, my parents would always leave a mess to clean up the next day, so I would drink what was left in the cups, cans and bottles almost every time they had their parties.
As I got older my addiction progressed to smoking Marijuana. As a teenager I smoked Marijuana every day for some years. Then it was Cocaine and Heroin. It started as fun and grew into a monster. My addiction turned from every now and then to every day in a matter of months. I had gotten to the point that I would do anything just to get one more.
Then jails, institutions became a big party. I didn’t’ realize what sick was until I got locked up and had no ways to get my fix. That was an experience, but only to get out and start right back up again.
I had gotten to a point in my addiction where I didn’t want to get high but just couldn’t and would not ask for help. I never could accept that I was an addict. Then I got arrested one time too many because of my drug use, and the court sent me to treatment, but yet I still refused to surrender and found myself back in the grip of addiction.
July 10, 2007, I enrolled myself into a mental health program (BBH), and there was where I truly surrendered, and my recovery had begun. I realized that drugs were just a small part of my addiction, and I grew from there. The more work I did on me the better it got. I finished the program on October 10, 2008. I was in a transitional house called Build Fellowship and was placed in Tuerk House’s Weisman-Kaplan House May 10th, 2009. I have been at the Weisman-Kaplan House for 33 days now, and I feel at home with staff and clients. I am still able to further my recovery here growing even more every day. My gratitude to the staff of the Weisman-Kaplan House is truly there. Thank you and may God bless you all.
Craig and I am an addict.