LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – The man behind one of the most popular social media addiction and recovery blogs has a backstory that resonates with many of his followers. Kevin Alter spent most of his life with homelessness and addiction problems. He does not conceal this fact when he writes "The Addict's Diary" (19459007) (19459003) (I've lost my entire 1920s) a syringe and a bag of heroin, "said Alter, who is now sober for three years, to Fox News.
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The 31-year-old now became drug-addicted to cocaine during his schooling on Long Island Get hands. At the age of 17, Alter said, "He could not stop when I tried it the first time."
It was not long before his parents understood it, and he was sent to the first of the year 29 inpatient treatment centers. When he left, he finished his senior year and graduated, but then joined his old circle of friends again.
"All my friends took drugs and I got back in and started the game to hide it from my family as best I could," he said of his first relapse. "It gets better as you grow in your addiction."
As he became aware of the 12-step program and the anonymous anesthetic meetings, "he never fully understood it as a teenager. "
" I was not ready to let go of people I needed, that's a difficult thing to do when you're a kid, "he said.
He managed to get a scholarship for the college, but after his first year he returned to the same group and was introduced to a new drug: heroin, he said he had spent three days sniffing the drug before someone on the fourth took an injection in the Way Pressed.
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" I'm not a typical heroin addict who got a prescription and started to abuse pills, "he said," I started on heroin pretty directly, and from then on heroin would take over my life for the next 11 years. "
These 11 years were full of deprivation, homelessness, Herzschm ore in the family and many deaths of friends.
"It was shit," he said.
There were times when he felt sober enough to find a job and collect a paycheck while he managed to maintain the fact that he lived in a house Queens Station a mystery. Only when he was living with a friend in the staircase of a building in the Bronx, which he met detoxified, he realized that he wanted to disappear from the streets.
But someone offered me the opportunity to go to treatment and he offered to come and pick me up [and]"he said. "I did not even want to get clean – you need to be able to get in and out of the treatment that comes from this good family of law enforcement and firefighters for 12 years, and you're just so lost a person out there, me I really did not think that I could get clean. I just assumed that I would be heroin addicted forever. "
" I lost my entire 20s through a syringe and a bag of heroin.
But in his 29th treatment establishment, Alter was asked to write his life story, and he was shocked when someone close to his age recorded only five points could.
The next day, Alter read 46 pages of his life story to his group. His therapist took him aside and told him that he did not list the real reasons why he was getting high, and he replied that he had never thought about it before.
High, because you hate yourself, "he recalled.
Alter said that her words triggered his feelings when he started, it was low self-esteem and other insecurities affecting him urged on the drugs, and he realized he had to learn to love sober.
So, for three years, Nea's age has gained over the 22 months since the creation of "The Addict's Diary "Born almost overnight, after writing a poem about a deceased friend, 570,000 followers have learned to love themselves, and consider themselves" the happiest living heroin addicts "afraid of their truths among their followers to hide and help them share their own stories and recreational trips, many of his posts are shared by thousands, if not millions.
He writes to his parents, who m Throwing it out and putting money aside for his funeral, they helped him to move forward.
"When they saw that I was different, it took about a year, but they did not bring up the past," he said. "They were just so happy that I was fine."
"I just assumed that I would be heroin addicted forever."
Today, Alter said he is working on a podcast and spends his time traveling to various high schools and talking to students while listening to "The Addict & # 39 ; s Diary "and received calls from both addicts and people who were trying to help someone who had problems.
"The most common call I get is that a mother [who] wants her child to get help, have resources and can afford to get help, but not have the child bring help, and they'll just run over their kids, "he said.
Alter said the site's popularity helped him reach people in need Probably the calls will increase and it will emphasize the importance of finding sober support 7]
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"This is the highest recidivism period for everyone and everyone," he said. "Whether they are single people or people who have not been reunited with the family, they are falling off, or it's a stressful time for people who have reconnected, it's a reminder of how far back they are and it's just a stressful time for the people. "
Alter, who over the years had missed many holidays and celebrations with his own family, said he had spent a lot of time back now Getting well with himself and his relatives has helped him deal with the lost time.
"It was a beautiful process," he said .COM.