Recovery Talks Community Listening Forum

Please join us for the upcoming FOR-NY Recovery Talks Community Listening Forum where local leaders will hear directly from individuals and family members whose lives have been impacted by drugs and alcohol, who have found hope and meaning through recovery, or who have been transformed through the loss of a loved one. Through the sharing of personal stories, the Recovery Talks series is breaking the chains of stigma and shame around addiction and connecting thousands of New Yorkers who have found hope and recovery. Contact Stephanie Campbell for more information


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Recovery Stories

  • Christine Alamo

    I started drinking socially at a very young age. It wasn't until I became employed in New York City that my drinking got out of control. I would go out drinking with my co-workers during lunch and after work. After a while, I was no longer drinking socially. I wa drinking mostly my myself. If you're thinking how many years I was drinking, it was over 27 years. I lost a great job. I lost my home. I lost my long-term relationship with my significant other. I have been sober for over 10 months with the help of people in the addiction profession. I admitted myself to detox for 5 days. The next day I enrolled an in-patient 28-rehab facility. I am currently attending AA meetings and I am an out-patient at an addiction treatment facility 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. I couldn't have done it without the help of these organizations. I feel like a brand new person. I embrace every day and look forward to a life full of happiness. Thanks for listening to my story. Christine

  • Corey Wesley

    In January 2013, I launched FLRT (Freely Living Real & True) to help support those struggling from a chronic disease of addiction; combat the stigma wrongly associated with addiction; and promote a motivational slogan supporting prevention, treatment and to prove that recovery works with empowerment. Sobriety can seem like an impossible goal when you’re struggling with an addiction. However, recovery is never out of reach. With the right treatment and support change is possible. Although the road to recovery involves bumps, pitfalls, and setbacks you can be on your way by examining the problem and thinking about change. I suffered from a crystal meth addiction and know first-hand. I attempted various avenues including group therapy. I eventually took the path of seeking growth through a spiritual organization and sought individual therapy. Those avenues helped in me in recovery but needed more. I began living by a motto of “Freely Living Real & True†whereby I: dealt with stress differently examined who I allowed in his life reviewed what I did in his free time analyzed how I thought about himself To support myself in how I had begun to live my life, I produced a silicone wristband as a way to remind myself of how my life was improving through the motto. I took pride in living my life under the motto so I then produced and wore a t-shirt printed with the motto. I wanted something in my work environment to help provide support my his recovery so created a mug with the motto on it. And so was created the FLRT Collection. Deciding to make a change, is often the biggest and toughest change for people struggling with addiction. Its normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you realize its causing problems in your life. Change is never easy and committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including those that I changed when I began living the FLRT motto.

  • Betty Currier

    I’m Betty Currier and I am in long-termrecovery from alcoholism, which means that I haven’t needed a drink to change how I think, feel or act since January 6, 1976. I am passionate about recovery because it has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams and an opportunity to support others who are in or seeking recovery. But my greatest gift was my four children finding their own pathways of recovery and my six grandchildren are problem free. The cycle of addiction has been broken in my family.

     I share this freely because I know that sustainedrecovery can provide unimaginable possibilities, and I want to make it possible for others to have the same opportunities. 

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