Eric Cureton’s Journey to Independence

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tran·si·tion
(trăn-zĭsh′ən, -sĭsh′-)
n.
1. Change from one form, state, style, or place to another.

intr.v. tran·si·tioned, tran·si·tion·ing, tran·si·tions
1. To make a transition.

Eric Cureton’s life — like all of our lives — can be viewed as a series of transitions. He and his video partner Richard Canty decided to use the idea of “transitions” as a structural device to tell Eric’s story.

Eric lives with schizophrenia and has a history of substance abuse.

Hello my name is Eric Cureton. I’m 37 years of age and this is my story.

 

Drugs affected my life in such a way that I would neglect my body. All I wanted to do, ALL I wanted to do was to have fun.

 

I wouldn’t take care of myself. I couldn’t hold a relationship. I burned all my bridges. I lied, cheated, and stole.

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Drawn to Forgiveness

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Ron Thompson is a fascinating guy — an artist with a pen, a poet with words. His video, Drawn to Forgiveness, incorporates both of these strengths. It is about his journey from “a dark and angry place” to forgiveness.

Ron and his production partner, Sharon Taylor are from Horizon House in Philadelphia. Horizon House serves adults with psychiatric or developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and those that have experienced homelessness.

Ron’s video is part of the collaboration between OC87 Recovery Diaries and public television station WHYY. The partners teamed up with first-time filmmakers to create a new series of videos that tell inspiring journeys of recovery.

I felt that I was angry at everyone. I was so depressed. I felt like I was alone. I was unhappy.

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PTSD & Healing Hurt People

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Jermaine McCorey is a trauma survivor with a story to tell.

As a young man he became caught up in a life on the streets. A life that offered fast money, but little or no opportunity to think about — or dare dream about — a future.

In 2011 I was shot selling drugs. A guy was trying to mug me, and I didn’t want to give my money and drugs up so he shot me.

 

I blame myself for what happened because before I even sold drugs my cousin told me what I was getting into and I was hard-headed, and I still decided that even though he told me that my freedom could be taken away, my life could be taken away, my life could be changed forever, I still signed up.

Jermaine was shot three times and required surgery. Afterwards, he began to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

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Tyler Hurst’s Recovery Reflections

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“Every night, before I go to sleep, I can look at myself in the mirror and be happy with who I am.” — Tyler Hurst

This simple action sums up a very difficult journey. A journey that is beautifully captured in My Journey Through Addiction into Recovery, a video created by first time filmmakers Tyler Hurst and Brooke Feldman.

Tyler and Brooke are active in YPR (Young People in Recovery), a national advocacy organization that aims to influence public policy, making it easier for youth to find and maintain their recovery from addiction. In fact, Tyler is the chapter lead for YPR – Philly!

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