Gone Too Soon!

Suicide Prevention

I was very saddened to learn about the apparent suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams yesterday in California.

It’s a tragedy anytime any human being takes their own life, rather than ask for help with whatever particular problem they are going through at the time.

Williams was reportedly suffering from depression for quite a while, and the fact that he was an alcoholic and addict in long-term recovery, really caused this news to hit home for me.

His suicide just goes to show that neither fame nor fortune guarantee happiness.

In the grand scheme of things, no amount of money or material possessions mean a damn thing if you aren’t content with who you are deep down as a person.

While it is unfortunately true that when a “celebrity” dies of either an overdose or suicide as a result of depression, the world takes notice, the fact of the matter is that hundreds – if not thousands – of “regular” people are dying this way every single day.

Please seek help if you are suffering from any disease or problem that is currently holding back your growth and happiness, and know that there are so many people out there willing to help.

Celebrities, singers, and athletes will always have their “yes” men and women surrounding them to say how great and talented they are, but in the end, each and every single one of us as human beings go to bed at night with our own specific insecurities.

In fact, those so-called “yes” men and women are likely, although unintentionally, doing more hard than good by allowing this to go on.

So, whether you are known by millions throughout the world or just the people on your particular block, please realize you are never alone in your daily battles in life.

Call, write, or seek help any way you can if you aren’t feeling good about yourself.

Never keep things bottled up.

There ARE people who care and want to help.

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The Summer Of 2014 Is Finally Here!

Summer Sand

After enduring such a cold and rough winter, summer is finally here, and I truly hope you all enjoy this terrific time of the year.

I will be taking the summer off myself, since I have been working full throttle ever since being released from prison in June of 2004 – over 10 years now – and I just need to refuel and come back bigger and better than ever, in order to spread the message of recovery and help as many human beings as I can in general.

I still may pop up from time to time, should I have something to post.

But, for the most part, I look forward to connecting with all of you again in September.

Until then, have a great summer, and be good to yourself and others!

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Free And Honest As Ever!

Improve Your Life

This week marked ten years that I was released from prison on June 8, 2004, after serving nearly six years for robbery, which was based on my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling.

Although I have done many good things over this time, such as writing my book, “Jew in Jail,” and delivering motivational & inspirational speeches to help other addicts in recovery or anyone not living up to their full potential, I am also very aware of the fact that I continue to make mistakes, and, therefore, will always be a work in progress.

But that is fine with me.

I realize that change doesn’t occur overnight, or even over a ten year span, and am prepared to work even harder than ever before in order to be the best possible person I can be.

Life definitely is a learning process, and by continuing to read, write, speak, and go to meetings to hear others share their messages, it will enable me to become what I strive for, which is a man people call genuine, helpful, humble, and someone to look up to.

I know there will always be bumps along the way, but with great friends, and readers like you at my side, we can help each other make it in this crazy worlds of ours!

I hope this summer is the best one you will ever experience, and look forward to the great feedback and comments you always provide, either here on my blog, in person, via email, or through my website, http://www.jewinjail.com/.

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Sharing Is Caring!

Me1 Speaking At The Brooklyn Public Library On Tuesday May 27 2014

I had a great time this past Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, as I spoke about my book, “Jew in Jail,” and recovery from addiction.

I appreciate everyone who came out to hear me discuss my past, hopes for the future, and how I do my very best each day to help others battling the disease of addiction.

The questions were right on the money, and the support and love I felt were tremendous.

Obviously, since I cannot change what took place in the past, the best I can do these days is share my experiences and provide insights on what it takes to remain clean and sober in order to live a fruitful life, filled with self-esteem and self-confidence.

I look forward to speaking again, either at the library, a school, drug treatment program, hospital detox, jail, or anywhere I can be of value to others.

Until next time, take care, and start to enjoy this beautiful weather that has been a long time coming!

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You Are What You Think!

Adversity Overcoming

I hope everyone is doing well.

Today’s post on my blog will simply be the audio link to my website, which contains some of my past radio interviews about not only my book, “Jew in Jail” and what it was like to serve nearly six years behind bars, but also what I do these days to motivate and inspire others through my speeches, so that everyone realizes how special they are and possess unlimited potential to be anything they desire in life.

http://www.jewinjail.com/audio.asp

I am especially proud of the radio interview I did with Host Coach Marla on her program, “Winning Life Through Pain” on 8/17/12, which is the first interview on the link I just posted above.

I hope you all get a chance to listen, and can relate to some of the things I went through in life, in order to understand that, no matter what took place in anyone’s past, change is possible, and with hard work and dedication, success and happiness can be achieved.

If you haven’t read my book, “Jew in Jail” yet, I hope you do.

It is chock full of insightful information on how I was able to recover from my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling while incarcerated, and go on to lead a happy and healthful life myself.

http://www.jewinjail.com/

In addition, if you or anyone you know is in need of a motivational and inspirational speaker, I sure hope you tell them about me!

Finally, I also always welcome comments from you, my readers, about my blog, book or website, because receiving feedback from you is what drives me to be my best and help others.

Until next time, everyone, have a great day, and week ahead!

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Six & A Half Years Clean!

Extra Extra Addiction News

It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating two years free from alcohol and drugs, since time goes by so quickly for me when I am clean and sober!

I woke up this morning with six and a half years now clean, and to say it feels good would be a major understatement.

When I go to deliver a motivational & inspirational speech at drug treatment programs, jails, schools, and other venues, one of my favorite lines to demonstrate how far I have come in life is this: “I have been to hell and back so many times that the post office started forwarding my mail there without requiring a change of address form filled out first!”

While this, of course, is not literally true, it does represent how badly my life had become when I was actively drinking and taking drugs.

I destroyed my career in broadcast journalism, ruined relationships with family and friends, harmed my physical health, and managed to get locked up behind bars for nearly six long years, all because I was living with such low self-esteem and didn’t care enough about myself as a human being.

It wasn’t until October 31, 2007 that I finally decided to turn my life around, once and for all, and voluntarily walked into the Coney Island Hospital Chemical Dependency Program in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and asked for help.

I had to swallow my pride and admit that my addiction was more powerful than I am, but I can say today that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

However, although I have now been clean and sober for these six and a half years, I am also well aware of the fact that true recovery is more than just abstaining from the use of alcohol, drugs, or any other mind-altering substance.

Recovery includes repairing one’s negative character defects, which, in my particular case, means refraining from having a temper, thinking that I am better than everyone else, being selfish and only out for myself, isolating, instead of spending time with others, cursing, littering, and just not acting in a professional manner in general.

In this respect, my recovery is a lifelong process, and helps keep me grounded on a daily basis.

Furthermore, by sharing my story and helping spread the message of recovery, it provides unlimited amounts of positive self-esteem, both for myself and others, which is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know several things.

Firstly, I am definitely not the same person I was for many years of my life, which I am very proud to say.

Secondly, I refuse to dwell on the past, on what my life could have been, had I not become an alcoholic and drug addict, since that is not only water under the bridge, but would serve no useful purpose either.

Finally, I feel good knowing that I am waking up each and every morning clean and sober, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and have people in my life who trust me and value my opinion on things.

It’s all about self-esteem and feeling worthy of another human’s love that fuels my desire to be the best person I can possibly be.

We only go through life once, and for this former alcoholic and drug addict, doing it right is what it’s all about!

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Enjoy Yourself In A Responsible Way!

People Helping People

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived and we all survived such a harsh winter, the tendency is for us as human beings to think we need to hurry up and cram good times into as many days as possible, before the temperatures dip back down again.

I, for one, love the summer, but forever need to remember that it was always my favorite time of the year to drink and do drugs.

There is just something about being able to leave my house and walk outside without a shirt on and just wear shorts to go to the beach, play ball, or simply hang out with friends.

I felt liberated – after a long winter – to be able to enjoy myself knowing that the days were longer and I could lay in the sun to get a tan.

However, my addiction would always turn what I thought was going to be fun into something worse.

Fights, arrests, gambling problems, and other negative consequences were the result of thinking I “deserved” to have fun during these warm months of the year without any regard of the outcome.

Nowadays, fun takes on a whole new meaning, since I am clean nearly six and a half years.

Responsibility, dependability, reliability, and trustworthiness are just some of the positive characteristics that I take pride in, and combined with my desire to help other recovering addicts, or anyone not living up to their full potential, is what motivates me each and every single day, rain or shine!

I don’t begrudge anyone who drinks socially, and just hope it doesn’t interfere with their normal, everyday life.

Nor do I have a problem with any person who works hard for a living, pays his or her taxes, and is a positive role model in the community.

In a perfect world, men and women who are successful would have sense enough to help those who are less fortunate than they are.

For when they do, we all feel better about ourselves!

Enjoy this great weather everyone, and if you ever feel the need to talk about something that is on your mind, know that I am just a click away!

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