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Small Town Meth

Judy began abusing substances early.  Growing up in small town in Iowa, her first drink came at age 11, and was blacking out in high school.  She would drink, smoke marijuana and drop acid.  It caused her to feel guilty and...

Eating For Praise

Joe comes from a background of food.  His Italian family revolved around meals; the grocery shopping, the preparation, and the family gathering around the table.  His very large extended family regularly engorged themselves at...

Grandma Said I Was Fat

Jill’s life focused daily on how much she felt she should or should not be eating, and how her diet would affect her body size. She would worry constantly that if she ate just a bit too much at one meal, she would get fat;...

Wrong Injection

Joanne thinks her alcoholism began at age 12 or 13. She grew in a small town where she and her friends had easy access to beer. She was, however, fearful of becoming an alcoholic because one of her parents was a drinker and she...

Blacking Out History

Bill is an alcoholic. Both sides of his family were filled with drinkers, but Bill grew up a successful young man. He went to college on scholarship and even while at school never touched alcohol. His first drink didn’t come...

Filling Up With Food

As a child, Sue didn’t know her desire to eat certain foods was an illness. Sue remembers hovering around candy dishes, and taking way more than her share of special holiday treats. Much like other addicts, Sue tried to keep up...

Sugary Sobriety

Claire is a food addict, which she says is a bit different from being a “Overeater.”  They are not overeaters, often, but they use food and its ingredients as a drug. Claire says anything floury would relieve her...

Early Age Engaged

Robert drank and drugged for 36 years before choosing sobriety. Coming from Los Angeles’ South Central neighborhood and a mixed Hispanic and Native American family in which alcohol was central to daily life. While he had...

Dad Smoked

Raoul is a 15 year-old young man in recovery. His favorite drug to use was marijuana. He began experiencing marijuana at age 3, as his father would smoke it and he would get a contact high. At age 11, Raoul and his friend decided...

Youngest Ever

Yoni’s first AA meeting was at age 13. He might just be the youngest person in recovery, ever. Yoni says his behavior was horrible as a young child, which he now thinks he did because he felt like a loner, that he never fit in...

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