Who We AreAllow us to introduce ourselves:
.My name is Ginger and I am a recovering alcoholic.
I began drinking heavily in my early 40s. Within six years, I had four OUIs, two years in jail, and had to attend court-ordered alcohol programs, and lost my children, family, friends and career.
Desperate, I began my sobriety journey.
I have 16 years of sobriety and my children, and now grandchildren, family and friends value me once again: a gift of continued recovery.
My name is Michelle, and I am a woman in long-term recovery. In other words, I am a recovering opioid addict and alcoholic.
At the age of 14, I ran away from home to San Francisco and was addicted to heroin by the time I was 15. I spent the next 18 years doing whatever I had to do in order to maintain my habit.
As a result, I was in and out of jails and prison more than I was out.
It never occurred to me that I could quit using drugs and be a productive person.
In 1988, I was given the chance to spend 2 years in drug rehab instead of 27 years in prison. I chose rehab and stayed for 5 years. It changed my life.
Last November, I celebrated 32 years of drug-free living. Life is good!