YES, mental illness and addiction are difficult, but it’s our responsibility to support each other and stay the course.
My name is Don. I was born and raised here in Torrington, CT. My earliest memories were happy ones with my parents, I was an only child. Life was good until I went out into the world. I was overweight and picked on by other kids. I became very angry and withdrawn. Music became my savior. My parents were singers and my earliest memories were wonderful. Dad sang and mom played guitar. I stayed to myself, listening to music all the time. I taught myself drums, guitar and bass as well as piano. I was a very good student until I reached high school. I still had a weight problem but I found a way to deal with it. Alcohol and drugs.
This is how I escaped my reality.
My grades began to suffer. I spent all of my free time in the music room. It paid off. I was voted class musician. I went to work at age 16 and was always a hard worker. I played in bands, got married, and started a family. Unfortunately, I “gave them away” due to my addiction. As you know, alcohol and drugs alter your brain chemistry. Even when you stop. It is very difficult to repair any damage to your mental condition, especially if you start as young as I did. That is why medications and therapy are so important. I have given away everyone that ever loved me because of this disease.
These days I put out positive vibes to the universe. Jesus is my lord and savior. I spend most of my free time studying the bible. That is how you get to know him. He sees what you do. Of my four children, one remains in my life and my daughter has recently contacted me. I haven’t seen her in 4 years. What a Christmas present!
Due to my addiction and mental illness, I was unable to maintain my home. The bank foreclosed in July. I was devastated. I chose to drink and use cocaine. I ended up on the 7th floor at Charlotte Hungerford. After that I went through the partial hospital program, and the dual diagnosis program. I then came here to Prime Time. Prime Time has been wonderful. I’ve made many friends. The staff are all hard working and they really care about the members. I remain drug and alcohol free. My sobriety date is July 27, 2019. I chair the Friday night AA. meetings on our campus. Remember; don’t do what I did. I isolated and then relapsed.
Prime Time is a Clubhouse where we all help one another. It’s like one super-sized family that keeps on growing.