[Podcast] Growing into someone I never thought I could be

Gee Matamoros’ journey to recovery included some very dark passages. Now he travels a brighter road, and insists on enjoying life as much as possible. Fortunately for us, one of the things he enjoys most is spreading the word about SMART.

In this podcast, Gee talks about:

  • How his substance misuse and poor choices landed him in a psychiatric ward
  • Why his life was everything to the extreme
  • Walking the tight rope of his identity and doing what he was told
  • Using substances to cover and sooth impactful moments in his life
  • Always running from his authentic self because it wasn’t acceptable
  • Finding SMART in rehab, where he could explore other pathways to aid in his recovery
  • Sleeping like a baby because of the changes he’s made in life
  • How the COVID pandemic helped launch and grow the online Spanish meetings
  • What he’s doing now to advocate for SMART and the Latinx community
  • Recovery being a community effort – there is support everywhere

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