Drew’s Story

I grew up in a bad neighborhood where I was jumped and bullied. To feel accepted, I hung out with an uncle who used meth regularly. Over time, I started sneaking it from him, and found myself addicted. No one in my family even noticed until I overdosed. My uncle still...

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. My issues really...

Emily’s Story

My alcoholism began when I was about 23. I was in a relationship with a guy that drank every night, so I drank with him.  Over time, he wanted to quit, and was able to quit cold turkey, but I couldn’t. Instead, I often ended up drinking alone. Being drunk helped numb...

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 at home anymore. I...

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 to be the best, but...

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 back to Mexico...