BY: Brian Steadman

As I get older I find that I spend more time reflecting on my life. Every year, around this time, I start thinking about milestones I have reached and try my best to acknowledge and celebrate them. Last year I celebrated my first year as a full-time comedian. The year before that I celebrated 10 years working in the casino industry. And the year before that I celebrated 10 years of living the dream on the beach.

But this year I am celebrating the milestone that was the most difficult for me to obtain and the one I am most proud of reaching. This year I celebrate 30 years of breaking my addiction to hard drugs. I spent years addicted to heroin, cocaine, and pills. In the end, my high of choice was Speedballs, which is heroin and cocaine mixed together and snorted, although at the end I had shot it a couple of times. I was not only doing these drugs I was also selling them, and I sold and did A LOT of drugs. I was a millionaire by the time I was 19 and sleeping on the train by the time I was 22. I had a nearly quarter ounce a day speedball habit. I consider myself to be very lucky to have made it through all that I experienced and am very proud that I have very rarely if ever even thought of going back to that life. I know deep in my heart that if I ever did any of these drugs again I would be dead in a month.

Now don’t get me wrong I still have a pretty serious Coke addiction but now it is to Diet Coke instead of Cocaine. So this year I plan on celebrating, this most important Milestone, as often as I can on the beach watching the sun come up, enjoying my two favorite things on the planet,  a 2-liter bottle of diet coke and a fat joint of some of the finest weed on the planet. Oh ya, I still smoke weed. It’s not a real drug, it’s medicine.