Eight Years Clean!

Fingers Me Eight Years Clean

Today, I celebrate eight years clean & sober.

I post this not to pat myself on the back, but to merely demonstrate to others that if I can do it, they can do it too.

Prison, overdoses, stabbings, gunshots, homelessness, nor anything else has stopped me from arriving at this destination, and nothing will prevent me from moving forward, One Day At A Time!

I look forward to continuing to share my story, both via my book, “Jew in Jail,” as well as by delivering motivational & inspirational speeches in person – all to help other addicts who are still sick and suffering.

Take care, and I hope to see you all again very soon.

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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 Eight Years Clean!

  1. Hey my dear friend! Sorry I missed your recovery birthday but HAPPY Belated Recovery B-DAY my bud!! You are true ‘inspiration’ to all of us out here in RecoveryVille!! I just had to share your post on my blog XOXO …

    Catherine 🙂 🙂

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