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Crack Recovery

answered 03:02 PM EST, Fri January 20, 2012
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I am a long time crack cocaine user and addict. I am serving 14 months for Grand Larceny and I am scheduled for early release next month. I have been in jail 2 times before. I am not a bad person but I am a drug addict and all the crimes I have done and the people I have harmed in doing these crimes has been as a result of my drug addiction. I have been working very hard on staying clean for the last few months and I am really ready to be a good father to my children and to try to stay out of prison. But I am very scared that I will go back to using crack. I do not know what to do. I am broke and I need to get working to support my children. I don’t have any money for any drug addiction program like I get in here.

Every time I get released I always swear I won’t go back to drugs. I really don’t want to come back here ever again. How can I stay off drugs once I get back home when I have no money for help and it’s right back to the same old places and people that got me into trouble the last time. I know if I get back on crack I’ll be back again soon and next time it might be for a real long time.

Douglas Goldschmidt Says...

Crack is a tough drug in recovery as the trigger for use tends to be money and availability.  You need a good support system, outside of your family and friends, which you can go to on a regular basis.  A local Narcotics Anonymous, or one of the similar community based recovery groups, is your best bet.  A supportive community of recovering addicts  can help keep you safe and will also protect you from the often well-meant but not always useful interventions of friends and family.

Find Out if Private Treatment Could Be an Option for You Knowledge is the first step towards better health. Are you aware of the health benefits your insurance covers?

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