Taking Off The Mask And Being Human Again


In Episode 34, Mike talks about finally taking off the masks that isolated him and brought him to his knees in addiction. He gives his account of how he recovered and learned to talk to people, live life, and become a member of society again.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived addiction to thrive in recovery. In Episode 34, Mike talks about how he always felt a separation from society and people. Since the age of four he always felt alone, on the outside looking in. When he took his first shot of alcohol he was already thinking about when he was going to get the next one. A tragic death led to his drug abuse — the drugs helped him cope with his life, mask his feelings and not feel so anxious around people. According to Mike, the disease was sucking the soul out of his body and was taking everything from him. Finally homeless in Camden, NJ, Mike reached a spiritual bottom so low that he saw the world as a dark place. It got to a point where he found himself wandering the streets looking for someone to either arrest or kill him. Mike believes it was his higher power who took away the qualities and behaviors in him that always led him to relapse. It changed his whole life around.

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