My Brother’s Legacy (Stories Of Addiction Recovery)

My Brother’s Legacy (Stories Of Addiction Recovery)


I wasn’t willing to say, you know what? I’m never going to smoke weed again. I’m never going to drink again. I still had those reservations and they were
strong. I really could have gone either way, I was
on the fence. You know, and I woke up one morning, went
up the street to Metro PCS to pay my phone bill and get a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts
right there on Valley Street in Manchester and I got a phone call from, at the time,
my brother’s girlfriend and they had a kid and they lived right there in Manchester. And she said, “You know, Jake, I don’t
know what to do. I can’t wake your brother up. You know, I poured water on him, I smacked
him, he’s not waking up I don’t know what do, get over here,” because she knew that
I’d been through it, you know? I’d dealt with addiction, I was in recovery,
I was in a better place. And there was nothing I could do, you know
what I mean? He – he was already gone. And I just remember my nephew Lincoln telling
me upstairs at the house, “Daddy’s sick, Daddy’s sick. He’s downstairs, he’s sleeping.” And you know, that killed me. And going through that – as traumatic as it
is and was for me? Any reservations that I ever had were smashed. I mean, I never looked back at that point
because of the pain it caused me and caused everyone in my family. And we lost someone directly close me to a
drug overdose and unfortunately, where my life took me was dealing drugs. Selling drugs and using drugs and glorifying
that lifestyle and he followed directly in my footsteps. Me and brother ran together on and off our
whole lives. Whether I was using with him, he was using
with me, I was selling to him, he was selling to me, we ran together and that’s all we
knew. Losing him was one of the biggest moment in
my recovery. And that and Green Mountain are the two biggest
things that have me sober today and doing what I’m doing. There’s no bigger blessing than catching
people that age, you know, like, what are we doing to prevent addiction in the youth? It’s so much different because you’re
not speaking to a room full of addicts. You’re speaking to kids that haven’t been
through it, haven’t done it or lived it. And that’s what I’m trying to get across
to these students is that you don’t have to at a substance or a drink or a drug to
get out of yourself. And one of the biggest red flags is if you
guys find yourself in high school thinking it’s harmless to drink, smoke weed, experiment? That’s a red flag if, for you, what you’re
using it for is a crutch. There’s so many other options and there’s
so many things you do can at this age to not go down that road and not have to go through
everything that we have. And so it’s trying to spread the message
of hope and that there is a way out and there is a cure when this epidemic is going on in
Southern New Hampshire. It’s almost like a legacy thing for my brother,
you know? To carry the message and show that this is
real, people are out here dying, people are losing loved ones. And you guys are at an age where you can prevent
it. You can make a real change. And you don’t have to go through this, the
pain and suffering. My brother never had the chance to work the
12 Steps or go somewhere like Green Mountain or a GRC program where you see it. Like, they say Real People, Real Recovery,
but that’s exactly what I got. That’s exactly what I experienced.

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