Spring Has Sprung!

Hello to everyone on this partly sunny Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, New York.

Spring has finally sprung this week, although you can hardly tell by the continued chilly weather here.

Regardless, though, I continue to be warm and toasty inside at the prospect of helping other recovering alcoholics & drug addicts in their attempts at recovery.

Simply stated, I feel fortunate to just be alive after decades of alcohol & drug use, combined with other risky behavior, one of which landed me behind bars for nearly six years.

I am very humble theses days, and want nothing more than to spread the message of recovery with others, either by delivering motivational & inspirational speeches, or by having people read my book, Jew in Jail.


I enjoy writing very much, since it allows me to become introspective as I put my thoughts and feelings down on paper (or computer!).

Here is a recent article I wrote for the great blog, MyAddiction.com.


I implore anyone and everyone who is either battling an addiction of some sort, or who is just not living with enough self-esteem and self-confidence – and you should know if you are one of these people or not – to seek help, talk to someone, visit an A.A., N.A. or G.A., etc. meeting, or call a friend.

Keeping your feelings bottled up inside is the worst thing you can do.

There are always people willing to help, and no matter what troubles you may be experiencing at any particular moment, rest assured that someone else has already gone through the exact same difficulty and successfully overcame it by asking for help.

In addition, no matter where you are physically, recovery from addiction is possible.

Take a look at this speech I delivered last October to a group of inmates who graduated from a drug program at a jail in Richmond, Virginia.

The gates may have been locked to prevent their physical bodies from leaving, but their minds were locked in to the message of recovery, and that is what counts!

So, until next time, remember to always strive to be your best, in order to bring out that greatness you were born with.

There will NEVER be another you in this world, so show your uniqueness every single day!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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2 Responses to Spring Has Sprung!

  1. steve says:

    Great Work Gary, keep it up!

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