I work with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. I sit proudly as one of only two recovering addicts on their board.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say 'Hi, my name is Sam and I am an addict.'
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
No man or woman is uniformly successful... we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt.
Be careful what you pray for.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.
Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.
If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless.
When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't...
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Do not let your fire go out ... Do not let the Hero in your soul perish ... Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Life is very interesting... in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.
Recovering from the suicide of a loved one, you need all the help you can get, so I very much recommend a meditation program. The whole picture of how to recover from this has to do with body, mind, and spirit. That's applicable to any kind of depression.
I think I have a duty as a recovering guy to help, to make my knowledge of what I went through accessible.
I see myself as a recovering journalist.
I've been unfortunate enough to be working, and recovering from a few injuries now and again.
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