Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Death and Life

Recovery for the Addicted: You must WANT it!

Addicted people must WANT to change their lives more than anything in the world.  A friend of mine recently knew that for years of her life she had been addicted to tobacco.  She had attempted to quit  smoking many times and failed.  Finally, she made the decision to give herself a hope for long life.  She wanted to see her grandchildren grow up and be there for their special days.   With determination and encouragement, she stopped smoking and has been smoke-free for over six months.   We know that it takes courage and the “want to” to make it happen.

Donald Gould the Marine

Donald Gould, the Marine

The man, shown above is Donald Gould.  He was once a Marine, but  became addicted to various drugs after his wife died and his baby boy was taken away by authorities, because he was unfit to raise a child.  That baby was adopted into a loving, Christian home.  Donald became homeless and lived on the streets.

Donald Gould in Sarasota

Donald when homeless.

He had one talent…the gift of music and could play the piano was ease and beauty.   While living in Sarasota, Florida,  he was given a chance to roll out a piano on the street  and play where people passing by in this beautiful city could hear him.   His story is one of determination, but it is also the story of the caring people around him and those internationally that wanted to see him lick the terrible addiction.  It is a one of the most serious health problems  in our country and the world today.  It is a fact that without help to recover, these addictive drugs will suck the life completely out of its victims.   Our military vets are known to greatly suffer from addiction and find themselves without employment and no place to call home.

Donald Gould renewed man

The recovering Donald Gould

Through rehabilitation, therapy and opportunities made available to him, Donald found a new life and an outlet for his talent.  One of his greatest heartaches was losing his baby boy.

The adoptive parents of his son, who had just graduated from high school, made it possible for Donald to reconnect with his once lost son.   They said that they all prayed about it and believed it was the right thing to do.

A contract to make an album of his music soon followed and he was asked to play the National Anthem at a football game between the  San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings.  Donald had been given a great and special gift…a chance to start a new life.

Donald Gould playing National Anthem at football game

Donald playing the National Anthem

If you are fighting addiction, know that you can ask for help.   You will also be given the chance to fight the bondage that is making your life one of misery…giving you a chance at a new beginning. You, however, must truly want it!   Everyone has some God given talent.  Yours may not be music or the ability to play the piano like Donald, but you will find the talent He has given you.  Go for it!

Boyer Writes introduces you to Donald Gould and his story.    (Turn up sound) At the end of the video are a couple more updates on Donald that you may want to watch: When he played for the NFL game and his first contact with his son.