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Stepheny’s Story

Stepheny’s Story

Stepheny’s Story I grew up in a loving home. I moved around a lot as a child, but we landed in a nice suburb. I was a funny and bright kid, and I excelled at pretty much everything. My parents loved me and wanted me to be the best I could be. I tried really hard...
Jeff’s Story

Jeff’s Story

Jeff’s Story I started smoking marijuana and drinking when I was in high school. By the time I was 27, I considered myself a functioning addict. My addiction progressed to painkillers and eventually to heroin and meth.  I lost everything. The first time I went...
Ismael’s Story

Ismael’s Story

Ismael’s Story I was born in Mexico City.  When I was 11, my dad brought us here to the United States. I was in heaven and loved everything about our new lives, but my dad hated it here. He felt lost without anyone knowing who or what he was, and decided to go...
Tamela’s Story

Tamela’s Story

Tamela’s Story I’m from Red Wing, Minnesota, and I grew up in a Christian family. I went to Concordia University and graduated with a teaching degree.  I was married twice, but neither marriage lasted.  After my 2nd divorce I had lots of depression and anxiety....
Albert’s Story

Albert’s Story

Albert’s Story When I was young, things were pretty good until I was about 12, but then my parents’ fighting escalated dramatically.  One night, they were fighting with guns and they shot each other. Neither of them was seriously injured, but I didn’t feel safe...