Category - Young People/College

I Was A Garbage Head

Spencer grew up in a nice neighborhood, but remembers his parents and other family members constantly in emotional turmoil.  It often lead Spencer to escape to his grandparents home for quiet time but the troubles were too much;...

My Friend Meth

Amanda first known addiction was with alcohol. She fell in love with booze the moment the first drop touched her lips. She became a blackout drinker; aiming to drink so much she could not remember what happened or what she might...

Sober By Sixteen

Ron grew up in a normal household. His was not a family of addicts.  Rob’s family did drink, but they didn’t abuse alcohol.  He was introduced to alcohol at an early age, and from that moment he liked the way it made...

Never Made it to the Keg Party

Tom’s first drink was at age sixteen.  At the time. he viewed getting drunk as a rite of passage.  But now, Tom blames his father who to this day is still an active drinker.  Because his dad drank so heavily, Tom  grew up...

Easy for a Minor to Obtain

Charlie first started drinking at age 12 and got sober by nineteen.  That first drink came in his mother’s kitchen, when he swiped two swigs of vodka.  Charlie thought it tastes horrible but within a coupe of weeks he was...

International Waters

At age eighteen, Eric took a cruise with his family.  When the ship entered international waters, he learned he could legally buy booze on his own while on-board.  It ushered him into a world of alcohol and all the wonders he...

Couldn’t Even Stay Clean

Mike’s first drink came when he was 12 or 13 years old.  He had no hobbies, played no school sports, and had friends who in retrospect he calls “derelicts.”  Mike follows his friends’ lead, drinking and...

Justin Luke Riley

Justin Luke Riley serves as president and CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR is a national grassroots organization focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorder...

Never Had A Legal Drink

Jenn has yet to buy or drink alcohol lawfully, having gotten sober by age 19.  She spent the previous five years drinking, however.  Jenn’s family were all sober alcoholics, and she feared her parents would send her...

Moral Barrier

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Lee grew up with a family that never drank or smoke.  His parents were very strict, and he never saw his parents ever take a sip of an alcoholic beverage.  But at age 12, Lee’s brother...