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As an accomplished motivational speaker, radio personality and substance abuse advocate, Johnny Emerson Joy has spent his time in recovery lifting others up and sharing his own struggles with addiction.
For two years before I got sober, I was homeless. Admittedly, I lived out of a car for the first six months of those years. But it didn’t take long before I lost the car, too.
I have been recovering for a little over two years now, and I never plan to stop. In fact, I will never be done recovering…
The prospect of moving continent terrified me—even though I was the one who decided to do it.
At around 18 months sober, I noticed the same addictive pattern of thinking and behavior that I had experienced with drugs, alcohol, and food—except this time the substance was nicotine (cigarettes).
I am 14 years old and I am in the back seat of my mom’s Toyota Tercel and I am literally heartbroken. I know my life is forever changing.
I moved from Dallas to Naples, Florida when I was fourteen years old. It was the biggest change of my life at the time and when I landed there I was nervous about not knowing anyone.
My twenty-five years of active addiction was at first slow and progressive.
I found myself in sobriety. I lost her along the way. The world was full of noise. It was telling me to be this and to be that.
I grew up in a little part of Columbus, Ohio called Worthington. I consider my upbringing to be incredibly blessed.
“Why do you drink? What is it that alcohol does for you,” asked my counselor in our very first meeting.
Just over five years ago, I was popping pills like they were candy, and drowning my misery in four bottles of wine a day.
When I walked into the rooms of AA, it was because of the depths that alcohol had taken me to.
I sit in his office. It is the first time I am willing to be honest, about anything. About all of it.
I walked through the doors of The Alano Club in Portland full of curiosity and hungry for something more for my recovery.
Despite his ‘battle within that will never end,’ recovering drug and alcohol addict Ken DeCesare is reaching out as he pulls himself up.
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