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Voices for Recovery


Curtiss Kolodney (06/18/2013)

Curtiss Kolodney

I am a person in long-term recovery, which for me means that I haven’t used substances for more than eight years.  Recovery has changed my life.

I was introduced to drugs in high school and was expelled from schools more than once.  I eventually graduated from college, married, and got a job at a large managed care organization as a director in health care operations.  Although I kept my addiction pretty much hidden during this time, I struggled to maintain relationships.  When they fell apart, I always believed it was the other person’s fault.

When I got divorced in 1999, I didn’t realize that I was incapable of having any type of relationship.  At that point, my addiction began to take off.  I stopped going to work, and when I could no longer feed my addiction, I decided I would take my life.  When I tried, I ended up calling an ambulance – and have never felt so relieved.  I was finally able to say I needed help.  I went to treatment and soon thereafter I relapsed.  About one year later, through the help of a 12-step program, my recovery began to take hold.

I held several jobs early in my recovery, including a house manager at a treatment facility and at a recovery house, and an outreach worker.  I wanted to contribute and share the gifts that I had received.  In 2011, I became involved with my partner who was a former college classmate.  It took my whole life to get to the relationship that I am in now. I am a real partner in the most wonderful, giving relationship I could ever dream of. I work, vote, pay taxes, and I am involved in my community.  Recovery is a gift that I get to open again and again, every day.  I am living proof that recovery is possible.



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