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Insatiable

Adam never used drugs as a child due to a strange desire always be a “good kid.” But that desire soon gave way to a desire to “be bad.” Entering the college years, he and friends at nightclubs decide to take pills given to them...

Meth Everywhere

Pablo started doing drugs at age 12 with his older brother. He liked hanging out with the older kids, as it made him feel part of a crowd. He used marijuana and moved on to abusing prescription pills. When away from home for the...

Twenty-Five Years

Dorothy has been sober for 25 years, but even today she’ll tell you she is an alcoholic. Her first drink came at age 16 when out to dinner with her friends’ family. Her friend’s family ordered champagne cocktails with little...

Drunk Fireman

Rick is one of seven kids. Rick’s two sisters are not addicts. His three brothers, however, are. Two have already died due to alcoholism. His sole remaining brother, like himself, is now sober. His first drinks came by way of an...

Alcohol Killed Mom

Maggie’s first experience with alcoholism was when she was a child. Her own mother died of alcohol-related illnesses at the age of 27. The family preferred to she died of “tuberculosis.” Maggie thinks her own alcoholism stems...

Deathly Drinking

John says the most important thing he needs to remember is that he is an alcoholic. He says if he can remember that each day, he won’t go back to the life he used to lead; one spent wasted and drunk. He says his first drink was a...

Make Me Sexy

Cynthia can remember never liking herself, even as a child. She remembers at age four hating herself. She thinks now it had to do with her family, who themselves were all alcoholics. She was afraid of bringing friends home as the...

Boozy Point, Brooklyn

Dennis grew up in Brooklyn’s Breezy Point neighborhood, which all of his friends used to call “Boozy Point.” At age thirteen, working as a Cabana Boy, he would take beer from the beach club and host weekend bonfire parties for...

Addicted To The Addict

Mark’s son’s addiction was out of control, but Mark knew no way to help. Problems began when his son, as a teenager, got arrested for possessing marijuana. Drug treatment and court-ordered programs didn’t help...

The Revolving Door

Carmen’s son Timmy was by all accounts a healthy young man. He was popular, athletic and charming. But he began using steroids after high school. That, Carmen says, lead to OxyContin abuse and eventual abuse of injected...

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