My Story - Freedom from Addiction | About Marc Kantor
My Story - Freedom from Addiction
In 2004 I reached the point of losing everything including my wife and two-year-old daughter. I had become hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs and had taken to drinking every night to come down from being high. I was a hundred pounds overweight as a result of also being a food addict and compulsive binge eater. I was fired from my job as a commercial real estate broker for under performance and absenteeism. Everything I had was slipping away - my car was repossessed in the middle of the night and my emotional state was a consistent feeling of simmering depression and hopelessness.
By the time I was admitted in the rehab, my wife had gone through an exhausting two years of trying to fix me. Our marriage had been all but destroyed by my poor choices and acting out. I did things under the influence of drugs and alcohol I would not do sober. She had already consulted a divorce attorney and had completely given up on our relationship. It was on my daughter’s second birthday when my wife had finally had enough.
She called my parents to inform them of my drug addiction and my lack of contribution to the families economic upkeep. Upon the advice of a family friend who was familiar with drug addiction, my parents offered me the opportunity to go to a rehab center or face the consequences of my behavior alone.
I had no choice but to accept treatment; my life had reached a dark and empty space compared to a couple of years earlier. Like many drug addicts, I knew if I continued on this path I would not see my daughter’s third birthday. I would either die of a drug overdose or end the misery myself.
When I arrived at the Betty Ford Center I had no conception of a life without drugs and alcohol. The idea that I could be restored to my former happiness felt impossible.
Once in rehab, I experienced the pain of my emotions without the ability to numb them, but also the relief of having surrendered the charade of living a double life. I struggled through my growth and sometimes saw what looked like hope. My first year of sobriety challenged me to find new solutions to old problems.
Attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous meetings provided the necessary support I required to stay sober and get well. By the time I celebrated my first year sober, my life bared little resemblance to the person I was just twelve months earlier. I was seventy-five pounds lighter and better yet I felt happy.
Capitol Intervention was founded in 2014 by Marc Kantor following a sixteen-year career in commercial real estate in Washington, D.C. In 2015 he received the designation of Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), has served on the national boards of Active Minds and CrisisLink, and has been trained in crisis and suicide prevention. In 2018, Marc Kantor created South Florida Intervention and resides in Boca Raton with his wife of over 20 years and their teenage daughter.
ABOUT MARC KANTOR
Marc Kantor was raised on Long Island and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. He attended college at American University in Washington, D.C. where he lived for 22 years practicing commercial real estate. He completed in-patient treatment in 2004 for drug addiction and alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, California.
During his career in commercial real estate, Marc completed over ten million square feet of transactions for multinational corporations, the U.S. Government, and major real estate developers. He achieved recognition on several occasions as the Top Producer, Top Business Development Professional, and for the Largest Transaction.
If someone you know is suffering from the devasting effects of drug addiction and alcoholism South Florida Intervention can help. We can be reached at 561-961-4033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.