Category - Young People/College

Gift of Desperation

From an early age Kate thought being an alcoholic and junkie were cool. Her first drink was at a Saint Patrick’s Day family gathering at the age of 13 or 14. By 16, Kate started snorting and smoking heroin and fell in love...

Buying For Mom

Adam’s mother was an alcoholic. At 13 he started manipulating her to buy alcohol for him. When Adam was 19 he had to make the most difficult decision of his life after his mother had an accident and went into a comma: he...

Suicidal Sixteen

Sarah believes she was born an alcoholic because alcoholism runs in her family. The second time she drank she blacked out. Sarah says she was suicidal since she started drinking at the age of 16. Within 4 years of drinking, Sarah...

Psych Ward

Justin’s drinking and drug use started increasing during college where he established himself as “the party guy”. A week-long binge on LSD led him to his first psych ward and treatment center. Eventually Justin...

Young People’s Roundtable

In this very special Roundtable Discussion, we hear from young people in recovery who have already spoken on Steppin’ Out Radio, but now discussing such topics as what to expect when you first enter a 12-step meeting...

Feather Boa

Complete with feather boa, Nickoleta grew up idolizing glamorous actresses in older movies. Nickoleta’s drinking didn’t start until college, but looking back she can see how her characteristics led up to her becoming...

Addicted And Bankrupt

Ahmed grew up in the streets of Washington, DC, where he sometimes had to fight for his life. He started drinking “Cisco” at the age of 13 or 14 to escape himself and his environment. Having blown his money on alcohol...

Chugging Away

Bethany started taking sips, or more, from her father’s Gin & Tonic drinks when she was a little girl. Her parents divorced when she was 10 and her father committed suicide when she was 17. At the age of 19 Bethany...

Spiritual Experience

Pete is an alcoholic who had his first drink at age 13. Despite being a child of alcoholics in recovery, who grew up surrounded by the precepts of the “the program” he still became one himself. His drinking was relentless, to the...

Wanted To Drink

Growing up in South America, Anna was often offered tastes of alcohol at family gatherings when she was a small child, but even then she knew she wanted to drink. At age 13, she was able to buy a bottle of something and she drank...

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