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Anger and Drugs Messed Me Up


Hi, I’m Anthony. I grew up in a dysfunctional household with two other siblings. My dad made a lot of broken promises which led to a ton of anger built up within me. I used drugs whenever anger got the best of me. Mom was the only one who cared about us. She was still by my side when I got into trouble.

I came to Boston around 2009. During that time, I stayed at another shelter and worked in their kitchen. It was in 2022 when I heard about the Mission from a friend who lived there. I came over and talked to the case worker, then a week later he told me to come in. I’ve been here ever since.

If it wasn’t for the Mission, I would still be where all the drugs are. My case manager helped me out significantly. After recovering, I started to help people out in recovery. I run groups on substance use prevention. And have been sober for over a year with no triggers or relapses. I’ve also learned to control my anger.

I know how hard it is when you isolate yourself from others. That’s why I want to help others deal with triggers better. Now I’m talking to more people. What I have been doing has made my life better, so I will keep doing what I’m doing now.

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