The year was 1991 and I was in my late 20s chronologically speaking, but I was living like a rebellious teenager. In my mind I was enjoying life, but in reality . . . I was in prison. Things started out with me simply snorting cocaine, but then it turned to freebasing. My life took on an … [Read more...]
Episode 10: The Depths of Addiction: Breaking Cycles
A woman changes her life to help her kids and, ultimately, others.
Relapse can cause many individuals struggling with drug addiction to feel like they have failed. The resulting feelings of shame, guilt, frustration, and anger often leads to further relapse and a sense that the cycle will never end. The American Addiction Centers however, has a different view on … [Read more...]
Episode 10: The Depths of Addiction: Artificial Happiness
A man gives an honest response to what his life is like living in the throes of addiction.
Have you watched a family member or friend or even a stranger struggle with addiction? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Organization, about 1 in 4 young adults aged 18 to 25 in the United States are current illicit drug users. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an … [Read more...]
As told to Kelly Sickafoose. I had a great mom and dad, both pillars of the community with good jobs. I never had a bad life, but I had problems on the inside. I never really felt comfortable in my own skin. At a very young age, I became involved in the drug underworld, starting with marijuana. … [Read more...]
As told to writer Cindy Baldwin I lay on the floor of my silent mobile home praying to God that there would be some way out, bargaining with Him that there would be some way I could get my kids back. I had left an abusive husband and my family a year before, moving several hundred miles from home … [Read more...]
As told to Heather P. and Grant H. Alcohol was always around me. I knew it’s effects and the way of life that went along with it. Freshman year of high school I was invited to play on the adult softball league. My dad said I could join the team on one condition: I wasn’t allowed to … [Read more...]
Rex’s Story As told to Missy Reid A pill head is someone who is incoherent, has slurred speech and doesn’t function. She pretty much behaves like a drunk. She can’t get up for work and spends her days in bed or on the couch and hides herself away from family and friends. That was my definition … [Read more...]
This week’s featured story comes from McPherson, Kansas, where Circles of McPherson County used The Facing Project model to tell the stories of those in their program who have overcome poverty. Once broken by lingering abuse bandaged only with drugs and alcohol, one woman in their program … [Read more...]
On February 11, 2015, Union College professor and Facing Project writer Sarah Hendrix was tragically killed. This post, and this week’s Featured Story, is in her memory. Just the other day I was pitter-pattering across the belt of an old, dusty treadmill at my gym trying to recount the ups and … [Read more...]
It’s easy to dismiss a person if you don’t know their story. I’ve done it before. As much as I have been engaged in and with communities for the last two decades, it wasn’t until I was involved with Circles of Delaware County through TEAMWork for Quality Living that I realized how much I had … [Read more...]