Hello...my name is Addis, and I'm a bilingual man, in long-term recovery. I am also a participant in a recovery support program, for over four(4) years now. I am alive today because of this program. I am graduating next summer, with a BA and focus on Addiction Counseling. I participated in a a Recovery Coach Academy and group facilitator's program.
Today I am employed as a MOAR recovery coach and group facilitator. None of this would be possible, without my recovery! I am a peer leader at the Boston Public Health Commission' Safe and Sound Recovery Center.
I am filled with hope and the freedom to make my own choices and decisions based on, the spiritual principles I've learned and practiced.
Growing up within two very distinct cultures, (Ethiopian and Puerto Rican) I was always trying to fit in. Speaking Spanish wasn't enough, I had to look and dress the part as well. The problem started, as I tried to switch back and forth. "I" felt that I was not accepted because "I" felt the difference. In the era I grew up in, everybody "partied"!! Partying was my way to become accepted and "feel" included.
I was insecure and rebellious at the same time. My partying with alcohol led to an addiction to alcohol. My breaking the rules led to interactions with the criminal justice system. I needed help for my addiction and to learn new behavior.
Desperation and the right circumstances helped me to realize that recovery is possible. Engagement in treatment was necessary to redirect my choices and for the process of recovery to begin. I learned that there are
so many pathways available
today, and began to feel included. My journey of recovery meant abstaining from mood altering substances since May of 2013. I came to realize that I needed a a supportive community to help me get on very basic footing helping me experience
!! I have found that every day including
today is a very good day to be in recovery!!! Today I am grateful to speak 3 languages and recovery is experienced in all languages!