Joy’s Story

Joy shares her story at Spirit of Hope 2013

Joy shares her story during the sixth annual Spirit of Hope Awards Dinner

The search to fill that void in my gut began when I was thirteen years old.  Religion, shoplifting, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and the streets were all attempts to find my place in the world that would end that deep loneliness and void I felt.  I got pregnant when I was 17 years old and believed Read more

My name is Nancy and I’m thriving in recovery.

Nancy with her daughter at Spirit of Hope Award Dinner

Nancy with daughter Amanda at the Seventh Annual Spirit of Hope

My name is Nancy and I am a recovering addict. I am the mother of the two most adorable, respectable, lovable, responsible, supportive kids in the whole wide world. My clean/ sober date is September 8th 1996 – the day my son turned two years old and the same day I went into detox.

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What Message Are We Sending to Young People?

This article appeared in the April 5, 2016 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” What Message Are We Sending to Young People? By Alan Mathis Everyone seems to searching for an answer or way to have an impact on the current heroin epidemic.  There’s been a lot of conversation, meetings, and awareness events. Here’s a suggestion […]

It’s OK to Seek Treatment for Heroin Addiction

This article appeared in the March 29, 2016 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” It’s OK to Seek Treatment for Heroin Addiction By Alan Mathis The current opiate epidemic, claiming 28,000 American lives last year, has lead to an unprecedented level of public awareness nationally and locally for the first time since the 1960s. The current […]

Kicking Open the Door on Mental Health

This article appeared in the March 1, 2016 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” Kicking Open the Door on Mental Health By Alan Mathis I want to share with you the story of my friend Diane. Diane struggled with a heroin addiction for many years. Although she went to treatment, she relapsed several times and heroin […]

Life Can Bring Us Close to the Edge

This article appeared in the February 9, 2016 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” Life Can Bring Us Close to the Edge By Alan Mathis Everyone seems to searching for an answer or way to have an impact on the current heroin epidemic.  There’s been a lot of conversation, meetings, and awareness events. Here’s a suggestion […]

In Search of Peace and Joy Over Christmas, New Year’s

This article appeared in the December 21, 2015 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” In Search of Peace and Joy Over Christmas, New Year’s By Alan Mathis We are just moments away from one of the biggest party weeks in American life – Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  This time of the year, filled with celebration, […]

What’s A Family To Do?

This article appeared in the December 8, 2015 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” What’s A Family To Do?: Strategies for Helping a Loved One Who is Addicted to Drugs of Alcohol By Alan J. Mathis & Cary Ostrow What is a family to do when a loved one has an active addiction to alcohol or […]

Death on Christmas Day

This article appeared in the November 24, 2015 issue of the “Norwalk Hour” Death on Christmas Day By Alan Mathis Joe and Charlene’s son Patrick would be 41 years old if he were alive today.  Patrick was a lovable, introverted, very bright young man whose warmth and sensitive spirit made him easy to befriend.  No […]