I Traded Sex, Drugs, and Rock And Roll For Good Orderly Direction

I Traded Sex, Drugs, and Rock And Roll For Good Orderly Direction

I came from a middle-class family with good core values. However, I always had a strong self-will and despite warnings and admonishments from my parents I began drinking alcohol and experimenting with mind-changing/mood-altering substances at an early age. I got drunk for the first time at age 14 and it was transformative – I couldn’t […]

Sober Living Was My Stepping Stone To Long Term Recovery

Sober Living Was My Stepping Stone To Long Term Recovery

My name is Casey Longan and I am a woman in long term recovery. My sobriety date is September 14th, 2011. I started using at a very young age and meth was the first and only drug I ever used. I spent countless years in and out of the criminal justice system. I not only […]

Medication Assisted Treatment Saved My Life

Medication Assisted Treatment Saved My Life

My name is Zac Talbott, and I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1983 and was raised – and lived most of my life – 30 minutes south of Knoxville in the affluent southern town of Maryville. I came from an upper middle class, church-going family that prioritized family, faith, and education. I went on […]

After Addiction, I Found Recovery And Purpose Through Music

After Addiction, I Found Recovery And Purpose Through Music

My name is Nate aka Gunsmoke. My recovery date is August 25, 2015. I started using at the age of 13. Growing up in a family of addicts using seemed normal. In 2008, I had my first child but that did not stop my use. In 2015, I decided to try a new way of […]

I Survived Sex Trafficking and Addiction. Now I’m an Advocate for Recovery.

I Survived Sex Trafficking and Addiction. Now I’m an Advocate for Recovery.

I am 37 years old and am a drug addict. You see once you have the stigma attached it stays with you. I am also a survivor of sex trafficking as a child and an adult; in society this title is not recognized instead I am the junkie who you said should have not made […]