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Every year I am thankful to God to attend my half sister’s father’s celebration meeting. He just celebrated 9 years clean and my sister just turned 9.

I am writing this in memory of my older brother, Victor Wisniewski. In 2013, my biggest nightmare came true, my older brother, my hero, my world, had died of an overdose of heroin.

I started drinking at age 11 after experiencing that alcohol made me numb to my Mom’s death. I wasn’t drinking every day, but at 16, I was drinking every weekend. My first DUI was at age 17, but I continued to drink and started drugging also.

I am grateful every day and very proud of my 15 years of sobriety. I work to stay clean and sober and am always glad to share what helped me get and remain sober.

I was blessed to have been trained by one of the top Behavioral Psychologists in the world, Dr. Robert Meeker.

An “Oldtimer” is a person who gets sober, stays sober and dies sober. Hence, as I am writing, I do not qualify for this. I am however, an oldtimer.

On September 19th, 2012 there was no longer a lie to believe. I was used to no avail, but fear of sobriety hindered me.