My name is Eugene, and I grew up in Camden, New Jersey. I’ve been a heroin addict for eight years. For the first five years, I was using. For the last three years, I’ve been in recovery, working the 12-Step Program, and while I relapsed twice, I will be celebrating two years of sobriety this Christmas.

This blog is part of my recovery, my way of sharing hope with other addicts who are still suffering. By writing about my experiences, I hope not only to continue my recovery, but also to inspire others. I’ve broken this blog into several different sections for easier reading. I like to hope you’ll read them all, but here’s a brief list if there’s something, in particular, you want to learn.


This page is about my early life in Camden; how I grew up, how I started using, and how I became addicted.


This page is about how heroin works, what it feels like, and how it affected me personally. I’ve heard many experiences in group meetings, and not all are the same as mine. But I’ve learned something from every one of these stories, and I believe others can learn from mine.


This page covers my treatment, early recovery, relapses, and how I eventually got clean. My hope here is to encourage those who are struggling and considering giving up.


In this entry, I talk about life after treatment and my ongoing recovery. Treatment is temporary, but recovery lasts a lifetime. Here, I share the strategies I use to stay clean on a day-to-day basis.


On this last page, I answer some of the most common questions I hear from people who are considering treatment. This list may change over time as I continue my journey of recovery and talk to more people.