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y name is Sherry Y. and I am a person in long-term
recovery and what that means for me is that I am
abstinent from all mood altering drugs. It's only
through God's grace and mercy that I am able to write this and
share the hope what God and recovery can do. I was spiritually
bankrupt and spent half of a century as an IV heroin user. The
Bingaman Street Bridge was once a place I called home. My
greatest hurdle was living life on life terms. I used drugs to live
and lived to use drugs. I experienced overdosing from using
heroin on several occasions. Thank God for Narcan because it
saved my life.
	 What motivated me to change? All I can say is sometimes
God sends Guardian Angels to deliver his message in order
for change to occur. Someone said to me, "You are not truly
living and let go and let God." Since then, my life has done a
complete 360 degree turn around.
	 I have many accomplishments that I am proud of. I am now
a productive citizen today - no longer involved in the criminal
system. I am learning that when you step outside of yourself
and learn to serve and give back what has been freely given to
you with a pure heart, the blessings come down like a rainfall!
One of the biggest blessings is that I found my daughter after
seventeen years of absence from her life. No one can imagine
the joy I felt. When it came time to explain why I wasn't a
good parent my daughter simply looked at me and said "Mom,
you did the best you could." I was in tears. I have a son and a
daughter. I have been a part of their weddings and am now
experiencing the joys of being a new grandparent.

	 I also went back to college at the age of fifty-five years old.
I currently attend Reading Area Community College (RACC).
There, I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
and am in consideration of receiving a scholarship to a four-year
college. I am gainfully employed working as a Certified Peer
Support Specialist with the Greater Mental Health Alliance
for more than four years. It is a very rewarding job that helps
change the lives of people who are just like me. I also work
with people who are participanting in treatment court, which
is amazing in itself. The blessings in Recovery are beyond your
wildest dreams.
	 In closing, I would like to say to anyone struggling with the
disease of addiction, recovery is possible. If God and recovery
can take a person like me - a twenty-five-year IV heroin
user, who lost the respect of her children, who was spiritually
bankrupt, with a place to call home and make their life anew,
this can happen for you too. It all starts with honesty, an open
mind and the willingness to make that change. I will continue
my journey as a servant by giving back to anyone in need
of help. Through God and recovery your life can turn from
disgrace to grace.

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