My name is Michael Duggan, I am a certified intervention professional (CIP) and the founder of Wicked Sober LLC. I am originally from Arlington, Ma. I grew up in a typical blue collar Irish Catholic family. Childhood existed of the typical street hockey in the local parks, pick up football, bruises and bloody noses. Those were the days kids were actually out in the streets playing versus being trapped in-doors with video games. Getting into high school drugs were consistently available to me and everyone I knew but I was always more into drinking and sports. I was a three sport Varsity athlete. As a result to an injury Senior Year in High School in Hockey I broke my right wrist and had pins put into my arm as well as extensive nerve damage. The doctors solution for the pain was Percocet. Growing up the word “Heroin” would terrify anyone, however Percocet was socially acceptable. A wave of prescription pills quickly took over the neighborhoods as an epidemic and one by one I watched each of us fall not realizing that 30 mg Oxycodone and 80 mg Oxycontin were basically Heroin in a pill. I went to school five minutes from where I grew up at Bentley University and as a result I brought all my friends from the neighborhood with me. Partying was the only thing I cared about. At first it was fun then it became a necessity. School and football no longer became a concern. My mission was to not get sick. I hated who I had become and what I saw every time I looked in the mirror. The person on the other side was not the kid I had remembered. I was lost and didn’t know where to turn. I tried Methadone, Suboxone, Naltraxone, then the Vivatrol shot etc. I was looking for the quick fix and thought by managing my life I would be able to find the answers. To think I am going to find the solution the same place the problem existed. My parents were scared and they didn’t know where to turn. The police would only give the national hotline number. Detoxes were spin washes with three days in and then out to the same routines that got me in there in the first place. Fortunately I was introduced to some people who had gone through what I had gone through and were willing to help. I found myself introduced to a world of hope. Wicked Sober is a way for me to pay my debt to society because an addict should always pay his debts.
My name is Neil Duggan, I am the outreach cordinator at Wicked Sober LLC. I started drinking when I was twelve and was a full blown alcoholic by high school, never thought about it like that but it is the truth. I look back and all I see is confusion and trouble, all from addiction. In most ways I was very unlucky because people accepted drinking more than they do now….they overlooked a lot of things, especially my family. I was born into a family that addiction is very prevalent as most addicts are. I also passed on this gene to my family as most addicts do. There is nothing that we can do about it, we just need to be aware of it and educate our kids. Almost every instance in my life, when things were going really well, alcohol corrupted it. Alcohol, as a disease , wants your life to go very bad. It will change your personality, your conscience, your morals and your mental well being…..and during the time I was drinking I never knew it. I always knew I had a problem but I thought I could control it. What I did not know that the disease of alcohol controlled my every thought. The good part in this is I stopped drinking when I was 47 with the help of my son and his friends. Through them I was able to see a life in sobriety, a functional life and a happy life. Through our network I was able to find peace. Things are not perfect but I feel great. Working with him I understand the only way I am to stay this way is to give back which is why I am working with Wicked Sober now.