addiction

Don "Known, Needed, Loved"

Don "Known, Needed, Loved"

“As my problems mounted, I desperately sought relief from the weight of the pain and sense of failure piling up. Eventually, I just wanted to stop waking up and living in pain, hurt and sinking further into a life of failure. I was at the point where I knew that I needed to stop ruining the lives of those who loved me and if I really loved them, I would do them justice by ending my life. Yes, the enemy had some really good rational lies that helped me rationalize my actions when I pulled the trigger that fateful day…”

READ DON’S STORY HERE

James "Life Is Worth Living"

James "Life Is Worth Living"

“When they got to my house they said I wasn’t breathing. They had to incubate me, and if it wasn’t for my psychiatrist, I would of died...but sometimes I think I’d be better off. Even now that I know life is worth it, I still have struggles. I would love to get over them struggles, just don’t know how yet. Some days I think that I bring goodness to other people...I like to make people happy. If they got a problem I can cheer them up…”

READ JAMES’S STORY HERE

Angela "It's Never Hopeless"

Angela "It's Never Hopeless"

“I remembered saying no. After having that realization, feelings and flashbacks started coming back to me. There was nothing I could do to get what I had back. Those men had taken something from me. I am supposed to have the right to say no. I didn’t even know what happened until two weeks afterwards. Not only did they take something from me that I couldn’t get back, they left horrible disturbing feelings in its place. I felt like there was nothing I could do and they got away with it.

Not only do I still have my life but I have brought a new one into this world; a beautiful baby girl. I am so in love with her and she is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. She inspires me to show her how awesome life can be. I know that even if it is really, really bad and nothing makes sense and it just seems hopeless, it is never hopeless. Don’t ever think it’s hopeless.”

READ ANGELA’S STORY HERE

Cindy "Love You Forever"

Cindy "Love You Forever"

“…I had so many people tell me that they were sorry and that they couldn’t believe we had to go through this. At this point it came to me—why do we ask why? We only ask "Why?" when we are dealt with something we don’t like. I never asked why I was so lucky to have healthy kids and a good job. So I decided “why?” wasn’t going to be a question anymore."

READ CINDY'S STORY HERE

Hope "Truly Just Beginning"

Hope "Truly Just Beginning"

“I lost my two youngest children because I was a meth addict. I lost my youngest son to adoption. I had been a successful, single mom for eighteen years. I started using meth occasionally as a way to get things accomplished without much need for rest…”

READ HOPE’S STORY HERE

Cortez "The Hunger Games"

Cortez "The Hunger Games"

"I never did any drugs myself, but I drank alcohol heavily; seven days a week, from sun up to sun down. In an unexpected twist of fate, my alcohol addiction led me away from my life of drug dealing..."

READ CORTEZ’S STORY HERE

Kenya "A Better Reason"

Kenya "A Better Reason"

“I never thought in a million years I would become an addict! I started by only using marijuana...the good ole gateway!”

READ KENYA’S STORY HERE

Lisa "Crown of Beauty"

Lisa "Crown of Beauty"

“I struggled off and on for more than twenty years with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2007, my husband Rick, went to prison for the second time. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for transporting drugs.”

READ LISA’S STORY HERE

David "Hope Dealer"

David "Hope Dealer"

"...my dad committed suicide, and for various reasons I broke up with the mother of my child. The pain and stress of these two events put me over the edge. I spiraled down into a full blown alcoholic."

READ DAVID’S STORY HERE

Cindi "Love You to Heaven and Back"

Cindi "Love You to Heaven and Back"

“In January, 2014, I got the knock on my door no parent ever wants to answer. The police were here to tell me my son Craig had died of suspicious circumstances although they knew drugs were involved…”

READ CINDI’S STORY HERE

Chris and Brad "One Moment"

Chris and Brad "One Moment"

"What is disgusting is that an adult facilitated the demise of my brother into the depths of addiction. A person that was supposed to enable the youth in a positive way instead chose to offer my fifteen year old old brother Oxycodone in exchange for his legal prescription of Adderall. This moment set into motion years of battling the mountain known as drug addiction. Brad would go on to try nearly every known drug before the age of eighteen."

READ CHRIS & BRAD’S STORY HERE

Pati "From Meth to Messiah"

Pati "From Meth to Messiah"

"...alcohol broke us apart in 2009 and I was devastated and decided to try Meth. I also had a major gambling problem where I blew $200,000 between 2007-2012…”

READ PATI’S STORY HERE

Anthony "Transgender"

Anthony "Transgender"

"When junior year summer rolled around, that was the first year I started to turn to self-harm. Not just cuts and scrapes- I also got into really intense drinking underage. "

READ ANTHONY’S STORY HERE

Mahailya "Addiction"

Mahailya "Addiction"

"I am twenty-seven-old and am a recovering drug addict. I started using meth just for fun - after only one try, I found myself hooked."

READ MAHAILYA’S STORY HERE

MELODY "LOVE"

MELODY "LOVE"

"I know I drink too much, I have a problem with it. But I really want what most everyone else does…”

READ MELODY’S STORY HERE

Heidi "Chapter One - Addiction"

Heidi "Chapter One - Addiction"

"On Mother’s Day in 2011, the pain of my addiction came flooding in, frightening the boys and myself in ways I had so desperately tried to hide… "

READ HEIDI’S STORY HERE

Joel "Chapter Two - Am I Not Important?"

Joel "Chapter Two - Am I Not Important?"

“Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one, I ended up in the hospital three times, almost dead because of the drugs and the alcohol. The third time I landed there was because I had blacked out and rolled my car off of the road.”

READ JOEL’S STORY HERE