Heroin Anonymous

Capital District of New York State

 Add a personal note, to share with others what HA means in your life.  How has it changed you?  What's your favorite thing about it?  What are its impacts on your recovery?  Do you have a special moment that sticks out in your mind?  How is HA supporting you in sobriety? 

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It was a blessing when I entered the rooms of AA. I thought, "this sounds like an easy layout for sobriety." But something was missing. I loved drugs. Any kind of drugs. And AA is not the place to talk about your addiction with anything other than alcohol. So my sponsor, the God sent Angel that she is, took me to HA one night and I had that "I'm home" feeling. These are my people. Grimy drug addicts that want an easier, softer way to live. HA has my heart because they use the "tried and true" steps meticulously created by Bill W and Dr Bob. Methods that have proven to keep people free from alcohol (and other mood altering substances) for over 80 years. EIGHTY YEARS!!! How could I not try this method? So I work with my sponsor, I pray to a higher power of MY understanding, I help others, and I go to meetings. HA is my lifeline to be able to live my still crazy life. It has allowed me to be present for my family and most importantly, my children. They love HA, too. They see the change in me and realize that my life is so much more peaceful without the use of drugs and alcohol. This is a gift I have been given by HA. I have adult relationships, most of the time, because HA has taught me to respect others and to make amends whenever necessary. HA has relieved me of the bondage of self. Well... I'm always working on this one. But I think of others today instead of just myself. I never knew how satisfying it would be to put other's needs ahead of my own. For all these things, I thank my higher power. Without "him," none of this would be possible. Now to you, the reader of my ramblings, I wish you nothing but the best. I hope you have found a new way to live, if that's what you need. And if you are in the rooms, please stay. I love that you are part of my journey. And if you are struggling, please ask for help. That's how you help me. Love and hugs to all my HA family and prayers for anyone who's suffering or who hasn't found the rooms of HA. "May God bless you and keep you, until then." -Shayna S.

HA is where I'm beginning to find myself, a family and friends.  I finally don't feel as though I'm different or alone in this fight.  Thank you, HA!  -Anonymous

HA has enabled me to feel comfortable in a group full of people, and share in the similarities and issues that we have faced. Much love to all who's paths I have crossed❀  -Deanna B.

HA has shown me a path out of darkness and into the light of recovery. I have made friends and found the fellowship I have been looking for. It's amazing.

I have a sponsor, work the steps, and do service.  -John M.

I am alive as a direct result of HA!  -M

The friendships I've made and the happiness I have gained in even just this little amount of time is indescribable. I travel an hour each way, most times on the bus, to sit in a room full of people just like me for just an hour because this fellowship is like no other to me. I have had the honor to share my experience, strength and hope in the rooms, and even been able to bring it into the ones who are unable to get to a meeting. I can say this fellowship has saved my life, and now

I am doing whatever I can to give back so that hopefully it can also save someone else's life.  -Jon H.

Testimonials

HA has been a pillar in my recovery. I will forever be grateful for the service opportunities it has given me. I will never forget our first meeting two years ago... we had no clue HA would grow in this area like it has. It has been amazing to be a part of this!  -Meg D. 

HA is amazing. My wife has a husband, my daughter has a father, my parents have a son and my brothers have a brother. All of that was the last thing on my mind while I was in active use; today I am all those things and more. I credit HA and its community with a huge role in my sobriety.  -Mark S.  

Before I found the 12 steps, and Heroin Anonymous, the only things that could be said about me as a person were; junky, liar, cheat, and thief. I became a member of Heroin Anonymous, and today all these things can be said; son, brother, fiancĂ©, and employee. None of those would ever happen if I wasn't an active member in HA. Thank you! No More Suffering.  -Brian B.

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HA has allowed my to help others, which has kept me sane and sober.  -Tyler C.

I'm part of HA in Saint Louis, MO. My Home Group is I DON'T WANT TO LIVE LIKE THIS NO MORE!! Newcomer meeting on Friday nights at the Harris House.  Heroin Anonymous has changed my life.  After working the 12 steps and having such AMAZING women in our fellowship that stood by me, I have 1 year and 8 months sober.  I could go on and on about what this program has done for me, but I would write a book. Today, my life is FAR from easy; I became a single mother in my first year of sobriety, hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but I have a God in my life today as a result of the spiritual awakening that the steps has given me.  My sponsor is also the type of woman that I aspire to be when I grow up (I'm 35 today).  I am a woman of GOD, a loving mother, a sponsor, and I strive to be a good example for the newcomer.  I try to be of maximum service to the fellowship that saved my life, as long as I continue to LIVE in steps 10, 11 & 12, and practice these principles in ALL of my affairs, I can't go wrong. So amazing to see HA growing across the country!!! Happy birthday to your group! If I ever get up that way, I will HAVE to come see y'all! Much love and prayers sent from STL!!  -Tiffany S.

I'm grateful that there is an HA group, and am hopeful that it is helping.  -Lynn B.