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Speaker Meeting – Mark O.
February 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mark O. was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He started smoking marijuana at 14 and drinking on the weekends by 16. Eventually he was introduced to opioids from a dental surgery and a sports injury. During college, his drinking and drugging transitioned from weekend and social, to a regular part of life. After dropping out of college in 2010 and moving home a close friend introduced Mark to heroin. For 7 years he was in and out of residential and IOP treatment. In mid-2014 he had 20 months sobriety and most recently had 14 months sobriety from 2017 to 2018. This last relapse John moved back home to be closer to family and has been sober since October of 2020. Since being sober he consistently attends meetings and is now enrolled in school full time to obtain his Associate in Applied Science in Network Administration. “I haven’t gained the trust back entirely yet, and that will be a long process, but I’m staying motivated and recognize that my labors today will bear wonderful fruits in the future.”
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