True Stories

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Victoria's Story

Victoria's substance misuse began before she went to college. While on campus at Emory University in Georgia she helped start the school's recovery community.

Bertrand Brown

Bertrand B's story

Bertrand started misusing substances when he was only 9 years old. Today he is in recovery and works as an advocate for young people.

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Honesty L's Story

Honesty started using drugs at 12 years old. She's been in recovery since 2007, and is now helping others as a CEO of a non-profit recovery resource foundation.

Michael Waggoner

Michael Waggoner's story

I was an only child, the nerdy kid growing up, and didn’t really feel as if I fit in with anyone specific group of people. I wanted to be accepted, so I started hanging out with the cool kids and partying.

Jeremy B

True Story: Jeremy B.

Jeremy started his drug use with marijuana, then moved on to heroin. Read his recovery story.


True Story: Kristina

Kristina, who is currently in recovery, struggled with opioid addiction for years.

Hailey Hesch

Hailey Hesch, New Mexico

At age 19, Hailey is recovering from years of heroin abuse at a treatment center in New Mexico.

John Paul Herrera

John Paul Herrera

John Herrera started experimenting with marijuana at just 11 years old. Then, at age 16,  the New Mexico native tried heroin for the first time.

Author Abbey Zorzi playing basketball as a high school junior

Abbey Zorzi, 22

I used to picture an addict as someone under a bridge with a needle in his arm. The end of addiction might look that way, but it sure doesn’t begin like that. I never pictured myself as a drug addict until I became one as a teenager.

Chelsea Heptig

Chelsea Marie Heptig, 17, Ecstasy

Ecstasy caused Chelsea to go unconscious and have powerful seizures.