Angel grew up with alcohol all around him. His family drank as part of their social scene, and their father had a bar in the house. He can remember at age five, sneaking drinks with his cousins as the adults were too drunk to notice. As a teenager, Angel played in a band and found that alcohol gave him a certain strength to get out on stage. He soon began to use and sell narcotics, but ended up in jail for for years. In jail he sought sobriety, got his GED, but one day after his release he found himself back in the same pattern.