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Almustaphael Al-Kahlil-Bey (06/18/2013)

Dr. Almustaphael Al-Kahlil-Bey

I was born in Baltimore, MD, a descendent of a Caribbean sharecropper and a Native American.  Today, I’m a person in long-term recovery for 25 years.  Growing up, my addiction led to a life on the streets and a continuous downward spiral of violating my own principles.  I was a convicted felon and fugitive in two different states, and I had nothing to show for my life except my children.  I realized that if I did not change my lifestyle, I would lose them too.  I wanted to be a good father – but at best I was an absentee father.

When I finally accepted help, I realized that I was not a bad person – I was a sick person who needed help.  I went into treatment, which was my springboard into a new way of life.  I joined a 12-step group, which was a catalyst in my relationship with God.  I started living instead of just surviving.  I completed my bachelor’s degree and was on the Dean’s list, earned a master’s degree in social work, and started my doctoral studies. 

Today, I am a productive member of society, working at Gospel Rescue Ministries Recovery Services Program and serving as the Mid-Atlantic representative of the Association of Christian Alcohol Drug Addiction Counselors.  I am also the credentialing and education chair for the Maryland International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Board and an Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)-approved educational provider.

My life is a practice of gratitude.  I am involved in a system that produces qualified committed counselors who demonstrate personal and professional integrity.  I thank God for my recovery.

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