Category - Young People/College

I Was A Garbage Head

Spencer grew up in a nice neighborhood. But as a young child remembered his parents and his other family members constantly having emotional turmoil. It often lead him to escape to his grandparents home for some quiet time but...

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...

Drinking Away The Anxiety

Born in Europe, Reva’s childhood was an unhappy one, and depression set in so badly she tried taking her own life at age 13 by swallowing 100 aspirins. She survived her suicide attempt, but upon waking from a deep sleep she...

Sober By Sixteen

Ron grew up in what he termed a “normal” household. His was not a family of addicts. The family drank “normally” – that is, non-abusively. But Ron was introduced to alcohol at an early age, and from...

Falling Down In The Street

Francine hails from a family of alcoholics and drug addicts. Her painful childhood lead to teenage drinking starting at 15. Drinking, she says, took away her shyness but often left her in worse positions. She remembers falling...

Never Made it to the Keg Party

Tom’s first drink was at age sixteen. For him, drinking and getting drunk was a rite of passage. He blames mostly his father, who to this day is still an active drinker. But at the time, Tom thought being an alcoholic was...

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

Eric’s first drink at 18 years of age ushered him into a world of alcohol and all the wonders he thought the drug could bring.  He was on a family cruise, and once the ship entered international waters, Eric was able to buy...

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 leads, drinking and abusing...

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...

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