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!