Hello I'm Michael "Mickey'' Williams Jr. Growing up in Atlantic City, New Jersey I remember working at a sneaker store named Alexander's, where the guy was an alcoholic and I was sneaking and stealing his alcohol.
At 16, I started experimenting with marijuana. After a while, it wasn't getting me high, so I starting lacing it with powdered cocaine. When cocaine and marijuana didn't work, I turned to heroin. ”I snorted it.''
It led to many arrests and 16 rehabs. My mother told me when I go to court to tell the judge that I have a problem; and they always sent me to the rehabilitation center. But then came the day the judge told me, they have programs in jail now.
This is all included in my first book, "Pushed from the Crack House to God's House.''
I spent a total of 15 years in and out prison, and 22 years with a substance use disorder. There were drugs in prison, but I was able to go cold turkey and never used in prison for some reason. But once I would get out psychologically, I thought I couldn't function without it.
In 2009 I was suicidal, addicted to crack cocaine and heroin, and wanted to end my life.
Then, that same year, I decided at 38 years of age, I had enough of that life and wanted to try one more time. So, I went to detox at Bergen Pine, New Jersey, then to Salvation Army in Delaware, and then to America Keswick in Whiting, New Jersey. By the Grace of God my life has never been the same.
Nowadays, I'm married to the love of my life, Lernell. I'm a nine-time published author, a Substance Abuse Counselor Intern for Cumberland County, and the Co-founder of The Minor Adjustments Program.
I'm a dedicated advocate for those who are struggling with substance use disorders or criminal lifestyles, mainly because I struggled with those same barriers. As someone who has successfully transitioned back into the community despite my former life, I am a firm believer that we need to help people change the way they view society and more importantly themselves.
Believing that just because you have a criminal history that you can no longer be successful in life is false. Believing that just because you have an addiction you cannot succeed in life is also false. My primary purpose is to be the change I want to see in my community!