My name is Bruce Blake. I am an addict in recovery, nine and a half months. My drugs of choice were crack and cocaine. I started smoking crack at the age of 18 and became homeless at the age of 25. I lived on the streets for years. Sleeping in abandoned buildings, picking up bottles and cans, eating out of dumpsters, not bathing for months, using the bushes as my restroom, I was just plain filthy. I was a chronic crack smoker with no hope of ever getting better. I was in and out of prison. My family wanted absolutely nothing to do with me.
I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. My addiction went on for years until I realized that I could get help. I didn't want to live as an addict anymore. I came to Philadelphia to turn my life around and to become a productive member of the society. It was a struggle at first; I was still using crack in Philadelphia, too. I found myself heading back to that nasty life-style that I was living at the age of 25. I told myself one day that I needed help as I couldn't do this by myself. So, on March 29th, 2017 I went into rehab for 21 days and successfully completed it. Then I completed an intensive outpatient program and went on to volunteer at Pro-Act Recovery.
Today, I'm not homeless. I'm living in my own place, paying my rent and cooking my own meals. I've completed various recovery training programs. I have appeared on PhillyCAM LIVE culture as a homeless advocate; I spoke at the 2017 Homeless Memorial Event in downtown Philadelphia.
I've been clean and sober for almost 10 months now. I’m continuing to strive for my recovery. I have a great support from my peers in recovery. I also use Sober Grid app because there I can relate to experiences and gain great support from other recovering addicts who are also striving to stay clean and sober.
Recovery is not easy, but it has its rewards. I’m grateful for all the help I can get from others and from Sober Grid App which makes it much easier for me to seek support 24\7. I am also grateful to my God for giving me the strength to make it through one day at a time, clean and sober.