Thoughts on Recovery: George

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George speaking:

My name is George. I’m 60 years old.

I work at a hospital. I’m a recovering addict.

I used drugs for 32 years.

I’ve been away from drugs and alcohol for nine years and nine months.

And this is like the best time in my whole life, you know.

I’m starting to enjoy myself and to enjoy my family.

I have a… I’m married, been married for 32 years. I have 14 grandkids. 

I just recently bought a new car.

You know, it’s like the first one I’ve ever had.

And I’m just enjoying my life without the use of drugs.

Interviewer speaking:

What is the most important thing you've learned through addiction and recovery?

George speaking: 

During my life, you know, like I told you, I stopped doing drugs at 50.

That means I wasted way over half my life on drugs.

Everything in my life now, even my health, is probably downhill.

And by not doing drugs I can, like, even it out a little bit longer, you know.

You get to a certain age, you worry about that, you know. At least I do.

And I’m trying to prolong my life as long as I can.

And I wish I had thought about this when I was… if I had used drugs at five,

I mean, 19 and stopped when I was 25, I would still have a lot more chance to do a lot of stuff.

You know, not that an older person can’t do a lot of stuff, but I know that I wasted a lot of time on drugs.