I believe the best testimonial comes directly from the people I’ve helped.
This is Meghan H., you ran into my Mom and Dad at the Opera last weekend. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that you may not have been able to reach me back when I was a know-it-all 18 year old, but eventually your influence planted a seed that helped to facilitate a freedom from active addiction. When I tell my story, I now mention how “my first substance abuse counselor in my first rehab at 18 basically told me exactly where I would end up if I didn’t stop, and at the time I thought he was full of shit…but EVERYTHING HE SAID CAME TRUE!” So you “told me so”, and you were right! It only took me about ten years of pain and misery to “get it”.
Anyway, your name comes up occasionally when Sarah B. and I reminisce about the past, she and I are still close friends. I have about 5 years clean today, and a new job working at The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education in NY. We are an non-profit OASAS State funded prevention agency and have recently received a demonstration grant to facilitate Recovery Coaching services for free to residents of our county. So now I’m out in the community talking to “know it alls” like myself, trying to help them along in their journey. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the movie “Anonymous People” but we work closely with “Friends Of Recovery” who helped put together the film. On Tuesday we were up in the Capital all day lobbying for more funding to help people get recovery services in New York where the heroin epidemic is killing so many young people.
I spent so many years praying I wouldn’t run into you at The Riviera Country club while I was home visiting, but now I am glad to be in touch and thank you for all that you have done and are doing. I spoke to a group of teenagers the other night at an Adolescent Outpatient facility and felt like it was 1999 all over again!
I would love to catch up with you one day, I come down a few times a year to see the family. Hope you’re new year is out to a great start...
All The Best, Meghan
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