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Guillermo Cortez

Guillermo CortezI began drinking at 14.  I was encouraged to drink by a brother in-law who thought it was cute to see me drink, yet my parents had no idea that I drank.  As a young boy I had insecurities about myself because boys from school would tease and make fun of me. When I drank I felt strong and courageous.  I came to Oxnard from Mexico at the age of 28, with a bad drinking problem.  By then I was drinking up to 4 liters of straight vodka per day.  I also drank Nyquil and used crystal meth.  On two different occasions I was hit twice by an automobile while riding my bicycle intoxicated. One day I was very sick from my alcoholism and having bad hallucinations that I was seeing evil all around me.  I felt so lost and without hope for anything till the point that I cried out of desperation.  My sister asked me if I wanted help and I said, “Yes”.  The next day (March 2007) she took me to Casa De Vida for help.  I stayed there six months and graduated in September of that year.

I have been sober 6 years now.  I have my struggles and I am tempted to drink but I fight on.  I used to say, “I will never drink again”, but now I say, “For today I will not drink.”  Through Casa De Vida I have learned to like myself. I now have Jesus in my heart and have come to believe that God forgives. I know now that I can be productive and I am employed as a fulltime baker. My family used to worry about me, but now my family does not suffer because of me.  I look forward to spending time with my family during my free time.  My life has returned to tranquility

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