College RadioShow #1
Hour 1: Bethany | Ahmed
Bethany started taking sips (chugs :) from her father's Gin & Tonic drinks when she was a little girl. Her parents divorced when she was 10 and her father committed suicide when she was 17. At the age of 19 Bethany started her road to recovery and has been sober for over 5 years now. Ahmed grew up in the streets of Washington, DC, where he sometimes had to fight for his life. He started drinking "Cisco" at the age of 13 or 14 to escape himself and his environment. Having blown his money on alcohol and various drugs including cocaine and extasy, Ahmed filed for bankruptcy at the age of 29. Soon after, Ahmed was to become bankrupted mentally, physically and emotionally, until he found a Young Peoples meeting in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Hour 2: Nickoleta | Roundtable Discussion
Complete with feather boa, Nickoleta grew up idolizing glamorous actresses in older movies. Nickoleta's drinking didn't start until college, but looking back she can see how her characteristics led up to her becoming an alcoholic even before she started drinking. Within a few years of drinking, and just beginning to experience blackouts, she crashed and burned with alcohol rather quickly. Nickoleta has been sober since January 2007 and is an amazing example that there is life after alcohol! Our "Roundtable Discussion" included such topics as what to expect when you first enter a 12-step meeting, getting a sponsor, the Twelve Steps, and having fun in sobriety.
Hour 1: Justin | Sarah
Justin's drinking and drug use started increasing during college where he established himself as "the party guy". A weeklong binge on LSD led him to his first psych ward and treatment center. Eventually Justin was arrested and kicked out of school three times, which led him to a 3-month outpatient treatment center and sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. Justin is 25 years old and 3 years sober. Sarah believes she was born an alcoholic because alcoholism runs in her family. The second time she drank she blacked out. Sarah says she was suicidal since she started drinking at the age of 16. Within 4 years of drinking, Sarah hit bottom and with the help of a school councilor she attended her very first AA meeting and has been sober for over 2 years.
Hour 2: Adam | Kate
Adam's mother was an alcoholic. At 13 he started manipulating her to buy alcohol for him. When Adam was 19 he had to make the most difficult decision of his life after his mother had an accident and went into a comma: he had to sole responsibility of taking her off of life-support. After his mother’s death, Adam drank with even more intensity to burry his feelings. This type of drinking went on for several years. After encouragement from his mother in a dream, Adam was able to attend his first AA meeting at the age of 27 and has been sober for over a year now. From an early age Kate thought being an alcoholic and junkie were cool. Her first drink was at a Saint Patrick's Day family gathering at the age of 13 or 14. By 16, Kate started snorting and smoking heroin and fell in love with it immediately. After a couple stints in rehab, Kate received what she calls "the gift of desperation" and got clean and sober at the age of 19. She's remained that way for 2 years now and is a fine example that recovery can happen no matter how young you are.
Hour 1: Nicole | Daniel
Nicole's father was a heroin addict and her mother left him when she was only 3 years old. For the first 10 years of her life, Nicole watched her father struggle to get clean and sober. At 15 Nicole started drinking and using cocaine. She says she had a long and painful bottom and eventually found the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous in her 20s. Nicole has 13 months clean and sober now and is a high school teacher. She’s pleased today when she’s able to pass the message of hope and recovery onto her students when necessary. Daniel says he was never around alcohol or drugs until the age of 15. He led a sheltered childhood in a Mid-West town and was raised in an evangelical Christian religion. He says at the age of 15 he "escaped" to another town, which led to his first drinking experience – in addition to his first driving experience – at 15 years old! When pulled over by the police later that night, he was able to somehow talk himself out of trouble. At the age of 16 Daniel graduated high school, moved out of his town to go to college, and started drinking more and doing drugs. When he was 17, Daniel got married... and divorced – all in the same year! Daniel was able to hold this pace for a few more years until the progression of his alcoholism caught up to him at the age of 20. This was in 1996 and Daniel has over 10 years of sobriety today.
Hour 2: Brianna | Mike
Brianna started drinking with her cousins and friends at the age 13; getting alcohol from the Head of Police’s liquor cabinet. She always hung out with older people and dated older guys. Brianna says drugs sped up her bottom, which led her to Alcoholics Anonymous at the age of 21. New Years Day of 2007 is Brianna’s sobriety date. Drugs are also a big part of Mike's story. The first time he got high was when he was 14. Mike says when he first started smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol he never intended to go to the places that drugs and alcohol eventually brought him to. Mike hit bottom and got sober by the time he was 21. Although shyness and isolation are still troublesome for Mike, he finds fun in sobriety by expressing himself through his music and playing in a rock band in New York City.
Hour 1: Jenny | Cory
Jenny started cutting herself at the age of 11; drinking with boys and smoking their mom’s marijuana at 12. When she got into high school a lot of her friends started dieing because of alcohol and drugs – this scared Jenny. When she hit bottom at 17, Jenny attended an outpatient program for over 11 months. Today she is over 10 years sober and continues to go to meetings and has fun in sobriety. Cory started smoking pot at 12 and drinking at 13. When Cory was 13 he set a rule for himself: He was only going to drink and smoke marijuana – NO HARD DRUGS! By 15 this rule went out the window and Cory was doing any kind of drug he could get his hands on.
Hour 2: Catya | Aaron
Catya started using prescription pills at 10 years old for her physical illnesses. She soon realized that the pills could “treat” more than just her physical illnesses. At 14 she started drinking and smoking pot. By the time she was 15, Catya found herself in her first AA meeting. She’s been sober since the age of 16 and is a wonderful example of recovery today at the age of 21. Aaron was always rebellious, even as a young child. At 13 he started smoking marijuana and drinking at 14. He quickly discovered how easy it was to steal pills from friends’ bathroom cabinets. Aaron says he was addicted to Oxycotton for a year and a half. When he was 20, Aaron was arrested for writing fake prescriptions for pills. This led to his bottom in 2001 when he entered an in-patient rehab center and has been sober ever since.