Joined Sep 19 2011
46 years old
Have you ever felt lost and lonely and became your own worst enemy? Well, I have and here a brief story of what my book is all about:
While growing up in Clarkson, Mississauga, Ontario. I had chosen to walk along the wrong road at an early age and became an alcoholic and drug addict. While on this self-destructive road, I ended up in many jails.
I lived on the streets in Mississauga, Brampton for almost seven years; feeling lost in my own skin and thinking there wasn’t anyone out there that could help me. I think I finally had enough and became emotionally numb (couldn’t identify my emotions.) I wore out my welcome with most of the people that I knew. One day I called the Withdrawal Management Center (detox) in Brampton, to see if I could get help. I really wanted it this time.
While in detox I asked them to help me get clean and sober. I was accepted to a treatment center, and spent three and a half months there learning how to live with the community. I really enjoyed the learning process that not only kept me sober and clean but also allowed to me return to school to get my Grade 12 diploma. I now have a diploma in Drug and Alcohol counselling, and one as a Social Service worker and am currently in Lakehead University working towards my bachelor of social work degree.
Through many struggles today I am just over 5 years clean and sober. I can say that this road was the hardest road I have ever been on until I learned to stop fighting it and learned to see the gifts of sobriety that I have been blessed with.
Today I have many successes and awards through school and the community, e.g. Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Awards for Students, Nominated for the "Order of Orillia Award”, and I was the first student in Georgian College, and Lakehead University history to ever established a financial award in my own name while still in studies.
Today my goal is to give back to the community and help someone that can’t help themselves. This is why I wrote this book, hoping to reach out to those that need it. I feel sharing my struggles and hopes can help another person from going down the wrong road as I have.
Included are 12 testimonials from people who know me and tell it as it was; from a sergeant of the Halton Regional Police station, a jail guard, my former probation officer, counsellors, both parents, son, and a few ex-girlfriends etc...
I have been interviewed on:
Inspirational Transformational TV Show
Rogers TV (Catching up with Kelly)
Rogers TV (Barrie Daytime)
Author of There’s Moore to Life