Breaking the Cycle

My parents divorced when I was twelve and abandoned me. I quickly looked for something to numb the pain. I started hanging out with older kids that accepted me and found they knew where to get alcohol. Alcohol made me forget about my parents splitting up. I started drinking often by age thirteen. By age sixteen, I was using cocaine and drinking. By the age of eighteen, I was living in a crack house selling drugs to support my own habit.

At twenty-two years old, I was hooked on cocaine and alcohol. I wanted help, but I did not know how to get it. I kept doing what I knew best and that was to get drunk and high. After a long night at the clubs with my friends, I was dropped off at home in a black out and ended up on a hill that surrounded my apartment complex. I rolled to the bottom, flopping off a retaining wall and smashing my head on the pavement. I was rushed to the hospital and had a right frontal craniotomy. After the surgery I stayed in a comatose state for several weeks.


When I woke up from the coma, I was taught how to eat again. Then, I was placed in a nursing home to live out the rest of my days confined to a wheelchair. I could not control my emotions and was angry all the time. I found it hard to accept what I did to myself and did not know how to express my feelings.


I discovered moving forward, being productive, and finding the positive in each day was the only way to make my circumstances better. With determination, hard work, and focus, I left the nursing home, my wheelchair for a walker, and eventually was walking with a cane. After three years of therapy I was walking with no assistive device.


In the sixteen years since my accident I have been able to walk, talk, and drive again. I went to college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology. I retrained my brain to find positive in each day and keep moving forward.


11269312_1574056222855987_1163427792_oI have dedicated my life to helping others who have experienced trauma, injury or addiction. I am a Behavior Therapist, and Professional Certified Coach that specializes in helping individuals overcome addiction and move beyond injury and trauma. I now have over sixteen years clean and sober! My date of becoming clean and sober is 8/26/1998.



If this drunk and junkie can turn things around, you can too! Thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Rick Von Linsowe, MS, CPC

Please visit Rick’s life coaching website, and like him on Facebook.

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  • Nichts

    In my country you couldnt become a Therapist and Professional Certified Coach in the field of Psychology with your history. So be happy that your country dont think ppl like us are a dangour for other ppl like us.

  • Meredith

    Thank you.