“The men at Avenal State Prison find support in rehabilitation”
Today is a day of Victory. For most just an ordinary day, but for some of us, that’s not the case. As we manage to live one more day, hour and minute from the destructive addiction that is trying to destroy not only us, everyone we come across, every day of our lives.
As addicts, we lost hope and gave up the idea that one day we would be able to stop this deadly addiction. In most situation’s it takes years to actually accept and admit that our lives had become out of control.
It isn’t until we suffer the separation from family members, society and dealing with courts, prisons and ultimately total withdrawal from moral decency and abandonment of spiritual hope that we realized the negative effects that our addiction led us to.
We are fortunate to have a program like Narcotics Anonymous, where the primary purpose is to stay clean and carry the message to the addict who still suffers. NA has taught us that if you’re serious about recovery, it WILL work.
Through the support of the group, sponsors and volunteers, we began to change attitudes, choices and decisions, rather than support our old way of thinking.
In this Edition of the San Quentin Newspaper, we dedicate this article to Avenal State Prison “B Yard” Narcotics Anonymous group. None of this would be possible if not for our Warden R. NDOH, B yard Captain N. Gonzalez and supporting staff and volunteers who actively participated. Thanks to Ms. Jimenez
who recently volunteered her time to be part of this new initiative to promote rehabilitation to those inmates seeking ways to better themselves.
We would like to give special thanks to our Facility B NA sponsors, L. Robitaille of 2 1⁄2 yrs. and J. Hignojoz, our newest sponsor. On behalf of the whole group, we would like to thank them for their endless hard work and sincere dedication to provide necessary materials to make this group a huge success. It’s because of people like them who believe in rehabilitation, that we are able to see this program truly succeed. Thank you for participating in this new chapter of our lives. Now we seek to develop and exercise a better way of living, reaching out to help others find the same peace we are finding.