Brianna Osceles

Bri - We are so very proud of you!  Never stop following your heart and inspiring us with you story of courage, passion and persistence!  Always Amaze! 

Q: Could you briefly tell us about yourself?
I grew up in new Philadelphia Pa. I'm 25 years old and currently live in Las Vegas.

Q:  What was your drug of choice?
My drug of choice was heroin and benzos. Before I got into downers, I did a lot of meth and experimenting with hallucinogens. 

Q: What is your sobriety date
My sobriety date is April 19, 2012.

Q:  Looking back, was there a turning point during your active addiction?
The turning point that helped me to stay clean and sober was the realization that if I kept using I was going to die. 

Q:  What is a slogan that best expresses your current pint of view in recovery?
The slogan I like best to describe my viewpoint in recovery is No Matter What. No Matter What don't pick up a drink or drug.

Q:  What are some daily practices and key aspects in your life that assist you in your recovery?
Some daily practices for my recovery are, I take time everyday to pray on my knees when I wake up and ask my Creator for another day sober and then at the end of the day I thank my Creator. I call other people in recovery. I enjoy journaling. Making gratitude lists. 

Q:  As a person in recovery, do you have any advice you could offer to someone looking to get clean?
Advice I would offer to someone getting clean is to be very honest and utilize positive tools around you...recovery groups, therapy, treatment. It takes courage to reach out and ask for help. It's worth it. And give yourself time to change.

Q: Addiction  is affecting hundreds in Schuykill County and abroad. It's very saddening.  Any advice to people trying to help their loved ones to seek help?
It's painful watching loved ones struggle. I have a close family member still using. It's very difficult and brings up feelings of guilt, sadness, anger. Let them know you love them and you are there to help. But also make sure to protect yourself, addiction will ruthlessly take and not care.

Q:  Why are projects like "The Skook Recovers" important in this day and age? 
Projects like Skook Recovers are important because it helps people to connect and see others changing their lives. I remember wanting to be clean but not really having anywhere to go, nothing to do, no one else really living a different life. I had to live outside the county for awhile. I think there is a lot of minimizing and justifying of drug use and drinking in Schuylkill county. And glorifying projects like this lets people who are trying to change know, that yes there are people living a different way of life.