I started doing drugs and drinking at a very young age, at 11 years old. Then I started selling drugs at 13 years old. By 19 I was using needles and at 26, last year, it stopped.
Nothing ever did it for me because I never hit rock bottom. But it was really my mother finding out this secret that I kept all to myself,
made me say, this can't be anymore. There was this obligation, I just had to stop. The relationship to my mom made me strong. They always believed in me. I decided to make that decision to be healthy, to do right.
This past year I really attribute the new me to honesty, not lying. Being able to wake up and not have to lie to someone about my lifestyle or what I'm doing. It makes bonding with people easier, being part of the collective society easier. I feel honesty is the truest form of intimacy.
I had one bear when I was a young boy, his name was Ted. I remember that I loved that bear. I loved that bear to death. I always had him with me.
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