My Story at STAR 2017

"Sometimes we have to live through the curse to receive the blessing."

As I've said earlier I am an addict. I've been clean from drugs since December 28th, 2013. That's the day I came home from St. Petersburg, Florida. The day I was arrested strait off the plane and escorted to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 dollars.

Since I graduated STAR in 2014 I've been back to speak to the future graduates five times to be another example that it is possible to keep clean. Here is the beginning of the speech I just gave.

Sorry the video is shaky and cut short. This is all a learning experience for me. 

Well my story begins with a quote that stuck with me by Zig Ziglar. "It isn't how far you fall, but how high you bounce back that counts." It moves into a brief description of my childhood and, in this setting, focuses on the story of my addiction.

The whole speech is like a story book style. When I get to the part of my recovery I revert back to my beginning quote and re-emphasize that we control how high we bounce back. This is the beginning of the "climax" where it's about how bad we have to want it. How addicts are special and there are certain qualities that we have like the obsessive nature that it takes to really impact the world. Our addiction can destroy or create.

Earlier in the speech I mentioned that we are cursed, and that is a good thing. I came back to it to explain that really we are blessed and sometimes we have to live through the curse to receive that blessing. We can not have one with out the other. The speeches resolution is my story thus far about my recovery. Where I am now, and the obstacles still that are thrown in front of me.

As I reflect on how well I did initially I was super excited! I thought I killed it. Now, with some time to look back, I feel that I needed to focus more at the end on how to try and focus our addiction on something constructive. Maybe give some examples of some well known successful people who are or were addicted to creating and serving humanity on the positive side.

I did really well with my energy and enthusiasm I believe, though once I learn how and when to gradually move emotion I will be able to really inspire people to look inside themselves and see how special their story really is. Once they see maybe that will be enough to jump start their confidence to know that there is much more to life.

Thanks for reading. Live well.



  1. Thank you for sharing your story! I have been clean off heroin for 9 years. Listening to your story reminded me of how easy it is to fall back. Im thankful I'm still here to be able to listen to others storys. Congrats on your clean time and thank you for speaking to all the members in the STAR program.


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