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>>RECOVERY NEWS<< Battling Addiction With Those Who Know it Best

Posted Oct 22 2009 12:00am

The New York Times today, ran a story about the power of building community resources that support those in recovery:

As a teenager, Keith Garrett was desperate to be accepted by the guys on the corner. His first arrest for shoplifting was a point of pride with the gang, he recalled, and using heroin, cocaine and alcohol was natural. Like many others in his group, he ended up addicted and scrounging to survive in abandoned houses.

Mr. Garrett, now 54, was first sent to drug treatment in 1975, for six months. When he got out, he joined a 12-step program, but soon enough, he lighted a joint with an old friend and was drawn back to the streets. The halfhearted efforts at rehabilitation followed by relapse were repeated over the years.

“I didn’t get much support in building a new life,” he said of earlier treatments.

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