RECOVERYNOW TV & NEWS recently was the recipient of an exclusive follow-up interview with none other than John C. Golden.
If you recall, on February 2, 2006 John wowed and intrigued the recovery community when he came face to face with his addiction on A&E’s Intervention. As mentioned in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, he was not a “vision for you.”
Although he does not see it as the cause of his addiction you should know that John had an extremely challenging life from the very beginning. His mother died when he was very young. Consequently, he was raised by his teenage sisters. “They did the best they could.”
Meanwhile, John began using when he just 13 years old.
“I started off with LSD and weed.” John eventually progressed to a medley of illicit drugs like crack and cocaine, then pills, all while drinking alcohol.
Around the time that John reached the age of 23 years old he conceded to the fact that he was indeed an addict. “I did not feel good about myself and the hardest part was that I could not stop using. I wanted to die.”
Nevertheless, all he could do for next 10 years was consume drugs and alcohol.
In fact, he could no longer maintain a steady job and he lost his house. “I got a DUI and I woke up on lawns.”
Opportunity after opportunity was squandered, relationships were sacrificed, his health was bad and he lived only to consume crack and alcohol.
At 33 years old, nearly seven years ago, with nothing to live for or so he thought, John finally had enough, so did his family, particularly one of his older sisters. “She is now dead and never got to see me sober. The thought of her would later get me through early sobriety.”
When John was presented with the opportunity to undergo detox and enter alcohol and chemical dependency treatment he jumped at the chance to resurrect his soul and choose a new way to live, clean and sober. “I was willing.”
“They sent me to Louisiana for treatment. I spent 90 days in rehab and six months in sober living there. For the next two years I focused on my recovery in Louisiana, went to a lot of meetings, did a lot of step-work, and learned a lot from my sponsor.”
With a new lease on life John returned to Boston, with a solid Alcoholics Anonymous program and a strong recovery foundation.
He eventually obtained a job; one of two jobs he now works to support his family.
That’s right!! In his early forties John is obtaining “the promises”, as he is now a husband and father of an incredible 10 month boy.
As I spoke with John I could feel the love and adoration he has for his little boy. And as far as his wife, whom he met at work, in his own words, “I have an amazing wife who has never seen or done drugs.”
“We have a great life together...…a home, with pictures on the wall and lots of structure.”
“I don’t really have a lot of challenges now that I am sober ….I am lucky. At this stage of the game if a problem does come up, I talk with my wife, think about things, process it and let it work itself out.”
“I feel good about myself…….I am trusted, depended on, and looked up to. I am self-supporting and I have dignity.”
It does not stop there either. John recently completed certification to become a drug and alcohol counselor. He is in the process of determining where and when to complete his practicum hours.
“The sky is the limit….maybe I might even become an interventionist someday.”
For all you readers out there who want to know about his spiritual life, here is what he John had to say, “My higher power continues to guide me……keeping me on track, letting me know when I should apologize for something, or helping me through difficulty.”
Just a few months shy of seven years, “….and I am still growing. Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) is the base of my recovery. I enjoy my sobriety now and I share what AA gave me. Sharing my story is my way of being of service.
“Life is easier. I go to sleep with a good conscience and I wake up the same way.”
For anyone who wants to get sober, “….take the first step, reach out, get some help, whether it’s detox or AA….Acceptance is the key.”
If you of someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us. We can help you.
Photo Courtesy of: John C. Golden.