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We are here to share with you the trials and tribulations we suffered through the winding road of addiction. From the depths of Hell to the light of recovery, we have finally made it.

We want to share our stories, our failures, our successes, and the lessons we have learned throughout our path to recovery. Our mission is to arm parents and family members with the knowledge to recognize and prevent their loved ones from falling victim to this tragic disease. We strive to offer support and inspiration to those already affected. We hope the afflicted find the salvation that we ourselves cherish today. Our lives have been spared. To show our gratitude for this gift we have made It our life’s mission to help others find their way to recovery. God bless and stay strong, we are here to help.

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Kevin Alter

My name is Kevin Alter and I am an addict in recovery. I am someone who struggled with the disease of addiction from the age of 16 until 27 when I finally got clean. Along the way, I went through many trials and tribulations before finding my way. My inability to find the right people in recovery to connect with delayed my progress. Attempting to enter into recovery at such a young age was difficult for me. While my friends were preparing for college I was entering into detoxes and treatment centers.

When people my age were moving into dorm rooms, I was moving into sober houses. I could never find someone whose story inspired me, someone I related to. I may look like your average kid, but looks can be deceiving.

For over ten years I was an intravenous drug user. I was homeless, broken, alone, and estranged from my family. When I walked into my 29th treatment center my therapist encouraged me to write about my experience with addiction. Initially, I laughed at her and thought, “What’s the point?” Out of fear, desperation, and pure arrogance I decided to pick up my notebook and give her a piece of my mind. Since then I haven’t been able to stop, and my life has changed significantly. Writing is the best way I know how to express myself. Writing is the best way I know how to teach. Writing is the best way I know how to inspire people. Writing is the best way I know how to save lives. If you find something you’re good at that enables you the gifts of expressiveness, inspiration, teaching, and saving lives then you keep doing it.

So, I decided to start The Addict’s Diary as my way of giving back. For years I took from people, today I live a life of service.

Louis Iacona

My name is Louis Iacona and I am an addict. My story starts off similar to many I know. I grew up in Massapequa, New York where I played sports and ran around the neighborhood like most other kids. My recreational drug use quickly grew into something I was unable to control. The innocence of a young boy was ripped away and an addict was born. My passion lies in my story, my experience, strength, and my hope. At the age of 25 years old, after 39 failed attempts at getting sober, 9 overdoses, and multiple encounters with jail, I did what at the time I believed was impossible...

I got sober.

In a world where drugs and alcohol are so prevalent, I decided to put myself in between the grips of addiction and fight back. I write for the individuals, families, friends, and loved ones affected by alcohol/substance abuse. The ink spills from my heart and through my pen for an insightful experience of what I lived. I stand before you as one of your own. As a former student, athlete, child, and now a young person in recovery. My story is my own and I hope to reach not just one but the millions of people affected by the disease of addiction. My best friend Kevin created The Addict’s Diary and I am excited to be a part of it. Kevin and I have shared park benches, needles, and much of our stories are intertwined. I am thrilled to be a coauthor and continue our movement towards the demolition of the heroin epidemic.

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