A Message of Hope from Lance

I woke up one day with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. I could not fathom that just like being an addict in Narcotics Anonymous, I also had to learn to believe and accept my disease as a paranoid schizophrenic. “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable”.  Please believe it. I know from all of my years of drinking and drugging, self-medicating, I have a lot worse problems than just being a drug addict.

I had to accept my disease and believe that I was really sick. With Narcotics Anonymous meetings and treating my sickness with medication and doctors it has been a long 2 years and 10 months of clean time. Being in and out of hospital situations, my friends, my family, and myself doctors, social workers and other addicts helped to keep me going.  Drugs make my disease so much worse. I would never make it not accepting I have schizophrenia. I just wanted to write that down and share it with someone who is sick like me.

Lance Sheena


  1. Susan Sheena says:

    Brave & Courageous to share this with the world!. We are so proud of Lance and all he has accomplished. We look forward to reading more inspiring articles from Lance and watching him help others by speaking out and sharing his story.

  2. Susan Levy-LaPorta says:

    You have achieved many milestones with your life experience in which you should continue to be proud of and continue forward in your new life.
    You have made a leap that celebrates where you are now and leads you forward to where you are headed. Remember you alone have made the changes. We all need others to guide us but realize that you made those decisions on your own and are a witness to the results.
    Continue to reach new goals remembering that stumbling is not a faliure but a jumping off point to learn from and grow from.
    With respect, admiration and love,
    Susan Levy-LaPorta

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