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Freedom , Stories about addiction and recovery, Clean and Sober life stylesI was a doper from 1967 to 1989, my drug of choice was any, more and yours. i did not share mine because i was like most a selfish stingy doper and always had better stuff than you could ever find. most of the drugs i used they don't even make any more. i have 4 children. john is 37 and lives with his wife Kimberly and my grand kids, tyler, mystree and jaysdon in nebraska. shauna is 26 and lives in Alaska.. nick is 25 and is in prison in Alaska . I am on my 3rd and last marriage. Cheryl and i met on a dating site called udate.com the day after 9/11. she has been by my side through hell and back. i picked up my first guitar in late 1967 and have never put it down since. i have played in so many rock bands toured Alaska, Canada, the pacific northwest. i still own 6 of them. i play my acoustic/electric 12 string the most. i have been very active in my recovery. don't let yourself get complacent or think you know everything because if and when you do i will be there to hand you a welcome chip.I have gone through 22 surgeries in the past 24 years.with 6 years clean i became an insulin dependent diabetic. i guess that was God's way of showing me his sense of humor. 25 years ago i would have killed for one syringe and now i have 600 under the sink and can't get loaded. is that f@cked up or what? 8 years ago i had upper cervical surgery where they fused discs c-2 and c-3 and then plated disc's c-4 and c-5. 6 years ago in january of 2007 i had a major heart attack and had to be flown to Las Vegas for a triple by pass. in January of 2008 i had a minor heart attack and had to have one of the by passes repaired. this January i had to have an angioplasty to blow plaque out of another vein in my heart. December 13th 2010, i had another heart attack and two days later another angiogram. i have the disease of bi-polar-ism and have for the past 30 years, i served two terms in Viet Nam and also suffer from PTSD. i attended my first 12 step meeting at 17 and did not make it back for 17 years. i got clean at the age of 34 and in Sept. i turned a gratefully clean 58. . so believe me when i say That recovery is a journey not a destination and use the rest stops God provides along the way.i am on Facebook as JJ DeTemple........We recently got a major gift from God when Cheryl took a job in Oahu , Hawaii and i now play the guitar all day and play beach bum, go to meetings, have already spoke in Hawaii 4 times. Got a couple of sponsees and they are newcomers but really want what i have to offer.....NA Big Hugs, JJ