Dr. Paul’s At The Bay Helped Me Quit Drugs And Alcohol And Gave Me A New Career I Love And Enjoy

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 07 September 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

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My name is Nick M. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic. Here are the facts: (1) I am 25; (2) I got sober when I was 19; (3) I am sober for 6 years; (4) I entered Dr. Paul’s at the Bay in Florida for 28 days and have not found it necessary to pick up a drink or a drug since then; (5) I have a home group, a sponsor, four sponsees, and a commitment at three of the seven meetings I regularly attend.

I am the person I am largely because of what I learned at Dr. Paul’s at the Bay.

When I walked through the doors of Dr. Paul’s at the Bay in Florida, I was pretty much fed up with life. For me, it was a last resort. I promised my parents I would try it, not really believing that it would work.

I had recently overdosed on heroin. In fact, I was read my last rites twice. For some reason I am here, perhaps to be of service through others; at least that is what I think, I suppose that is why I am telling you my story.

At Dr. Paul’s at the Bay, I learned to cope better, to face life without the assistance of drugs and alcohol. I developed new habits, maintained a daily schedule and addressed issues that had haunted me for years.

Every day, I attended a meeting, discussion group, individual counseling and even group counseling. Also, days were allocated for family groups, with my mom and dad.

Beyond all the hard work to get better, there was a lot of fun as well. We went to the beach, had picnics, rollerbladed, fished all the time, watched films. We had a nutritionist and worked with a personal trainer.

In the meantime, my true self began to emerge. I was a happy person beneath all the pain. I had a unique personality, with interest and hobbies.

Today, I have a career as a drug and alcohol counselor, courtesy of Dr. Paul’s at the Bay drug and alcohol certification program.

Each day get the opportunity to assist others with changing their lives for the better, just like friendly and experienced counselors at Dr. Paul’s at the Bay helped me to change my life.

Nick M.



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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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