True Stories of Recovery

James

James  |  “When I came in here, I wasn't a whole person. I was a shell of a person.”

When James graduated from high school, his friends all left for college, leaving him behind. He fell in with the wrong crowd, and experimentation with drugs led to a 10-year methamphetamine addiction.
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Paul

Paul  |  “I learned more in my 11 months at The Salvation Army than I learned in 42 years of life.”

Husband. Father. Businessman. Paul had a good life. Then he lost it all to alcohol and crack cocaine. "I did things I never thought I would do … Using around my kids. Lying to my children and my family."
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Larry

Larry  |  “I feel like my life's going somewhere.”

Larry was just 15 years old when he started using marijuana. It was harmless, he thought, just for fun, and as he says, "Smoking weed just made me laugh."
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Bertram

Bertram  |  “It has a power over you. No matter who you are or what walk of life, once it gets hold of you, it has you.”

Bertram managed restaurants for 20 years before drug addiction took everything away from him.
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Nellie

Nellie  |  “I don't want to forget the past, but I don't want to live in it.”

Nellie was the mother of two young daughters when she was introduced to crack cocaine and alcohol. That led to what she calls "13 years of self-destruction."
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Donald

Donald  |  “Grace … I am covered in it, because I should've been dead a long time ago.”

The son of an alcoholic mother, Donald began drinking at age 9. Drinking eventually led to a crack cocaine addiction, jail and homelessness.
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Glenna

Glenna  |  “Today, I'm worth saving.”

A young mother with two daughters, Glenna was going to school, planning a career as a nurse. But when her husband was sent to prison, her life changed for the worse.
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Arzell

Arzell  |  “There is a God. If He can change me, He can change anybody.”

Arzell says he's thankful that his life before The Salvation Army isn't as bad as some of the stories he's heard. Which, in itself, is a terrifying thing.
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Philip

Philip  |  “I'm working on this real hard. And I'm getting it right this time.”

Philip was not using drugs when he came to The Salvation Army. In fact, he had been clean from his methamphetamine addiction for 11 years. But he was living in an environment where drugs were prevalent.
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Patrick

Patrick  |  “All the hate, the sadness in my heart, the loneliness … it's gone.”

At 19 years old, Patrick was working four jobs to support his wife and baby son. But when he wasn't working, he was drinking.
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Thomas

Thomas  |  “One hit away … one drink away … I'll be back there on the street.”

Thomas was homeless, living on the streets, sleeping under bridges, the victim of a crack cocaine addiction. He knew it wasn't how his life was supposed to be, but he had been trying for nearly 17 years to get clean.
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Jason

Jason  |  “God has a real sense of humor. He takes a dope dealer and turns him into a drug counselor.”

At age 12, Jason found out what alcohol could do for him. By 13, he started smoking pot. And at 17, he moved out and started dabbling with cocaine and methamphetamines.
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Terence

Terence  |  “My heart stopped … and when I woke up, my first thought was, ‘I want another hit.’ ”

Crack cocaine took Terence's job, his fiancée, his home and, very nearly, his life. But that wasn't what led him to The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center.
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Haley

Haley  |  “Addiction does not discriminate at all.”

Haley had a happy, carefree life growing up. She had a good family, lots of friends and was involved in sports and cheerleading at school. That all changed when she was raped by her high school volleyball coach.
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Charles

Charles  |  “The Salvation Army helped save my life.”

Charles was a gifted athlete. He excelled in high school sports and even played college football. But the focus of his time was spent on sports and partying, not on academics.
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