Recovery Stories

Haley started smoking and drinking alcohol in high school. After a difficult decision when she was 17, her addiction escalated and eventually led to c...
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Cathy shares how her addiction to prescription painkillers began after being diagnosed with a painful disease. This led to a cycle of abuse, depressio...
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Barbara struggled with addiction for 45 years. She is now in recovery. Learn how she received the help that she needed at Lovelady Center. My name ...
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Growing up, Danny’s addiction to alcohol started in high school and progressed to abuse of OxyContin and eventually heroin. After multiple tries...
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Loved ones are impacted by addiction whether it is a family member or a friend. Today's recovery story is from a friend's perspective. I met Jimmy ...
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When a family member, especially a child, is dealing with addiction, it impacts everyone around them. Hear a recovery story from the perspective of pa...
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From the ages of 10-18, Tyrone was a social drinker. Growing up in a family of alcoholics, it was the norm. Alcohol became his addiction and then move...
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At the age of 21, Victoria has battled addiction for many years. After trying different programs and types of help, Victoria is in recovery through Th...
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Lori’s first addiction was food, and after having gastric bypass surgery, she became addicted to alcohol. She is in recovery and shares her path...
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Steven discusses his first introduction to drugs in high school from hanging out with the wrong crowd. He shares his path to recovery, which took seve...
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Shaun describes his motivation to get help for his alcohol and drug addiction, and he discusses his path to getting that help, The Foundry Farm where ...
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Summer got involved with the wrong crowd very early in life. By sixteen, she had quit all of the sports and was addicted to drugs. She was kicked...
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Stanley had seven previous trips to various drug rehab programs. His decision to actively work with his sponsor transformed his life. Today, Stanley h...
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Matt struggled with an opiate addiction starting around the age of 30, and it led him to losing everything and ending up in jail. Today, Matt has been...
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A traumatic experience at age 15 led to a drug addiction to deal with the pain. After years of cocaine addiction, Mary received help through The Found...
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A difficult childhood led to escaping pain through prescription painkiller abuse. After feeling that his life was lost and losing his family, Hunter f...
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Scott has reunited with his two sons, become self-sufficient once again and has been working as a van driver after receiving help to stay in recovery ...
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Martin started battling addiction around the age of 12. He never developed coping skills and continued to turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with issue...
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Marion’s daughter, Suzanne, is an alcoholic in recovery. Marion shares how she handled this, the signs they noticed about their daughter as she ...
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A methadone addiction almost killed Johnna. She is now in recovery through help from Alabama Teen Challenge. Read her story today. My methadone add...
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Lee learned about the dangers of drugs in elementary school, but when offered drugs by older people in high school that he looked up to and viewed as ...
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Keith credits The Firehouse Shelter with saving his life, being there for him when he had nowhere else to turn, and for leading him on a path of stayi...
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Dealing with feelings of abandonment and a horrible attack led Mattise to an experimentation and eventual addiction to drugs. Learn how she received t...
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After being introduced to crack cocaine at age 15 by an older group of friends, Jada was addicted to the drug. She shares her struggles and her proces...
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From social drinking and marijuana use in high school to increased use and addiction, Drew shares how his addiction destroyed his relationships and ho...
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Erik received help with his addiction and learned important skills in his recovery process that has led to a stable job and a reunified family. Read h...
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Blake discusses his addiction that started at age 11 with the use of marijuana and escalated to other drugs from there. Learn how he found help and re...
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A casual introduction to marijuana by his sister to escape the pressures of the teenager years led to years of addiction. Learn how Eugene found help ...
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Suzanne discusses her alcoholism, how she came to terms with it and how she has received freedom from her addiction. Behind the silk curtains. ...
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Traci discusses her son’s addiction, the signs that were shown, how he received help and how she, as the family member, received help. Her son i...
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From marijuana use to a cocaine addiction, Eric discusses his struggles with addiction and how he found the strength to overcome it. Eric received ...
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Ashley shares her struggle with prescription drug abuse and her road to recovery. Ashley received help at The Foundry. To learn more about t...
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After 20 years, Eva has regained what she lost through addiction and shares the power of recovery. WE DO RECOVER Looking back over the bowls of ...
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Pam discusses that her addiction and recovery led her into the field of helping others with their addictions. Pam is from the Moore Institute. To...
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Graham used alcohol as a means to cope and that escalated into marijuana and other drug use. He found hope and recovery at The Foundry. Graham&nb...
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After 25 years of struggling with drug addiction, Desmond was able to receive the help he needed. Learn how he recovered through a program at the Fire...
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Christy discusses her spiral into addiction starting at an early age and stemming from abuse. She has seen many positive changes in her life since bei...
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Watch Tyrone share how a casual experimentation with marijuana led to selling drugs and full-blow addiction that caused him to end up homeless and on ...
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You don't have a home anymore. Until you do something, we are done.

"When my dad said that to me, it was the defining moment for my decision to change my life," says Frank, who graduated from The Foundry's Recovery Program five years ago.
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"Before I went to prison, I got saved," shares 43-year-old Kevin. "God took away the desire for drugs I'd had since I was a teenager. He opened all kinds of doors for me. I had my own business. I had a wife and kids, and we were happy." Then pride came knocking on Kevin's door. "I'll never forget that day-I decided to get some drugs, and I took that first hit out in my shed. Right then, the devil started in with the lies: "God turned his back on you. There's no hope, there's not a chance."
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Melanie moved back home to Alabama to start her own business, and the next thing she knew, she woke up in the emergency room after a drug overdose. That was a wake-up call, but it was only temporary.
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Michael served his first prison term at 17. Since that time, he'd rarely spent more than a few months outside prison walls. To his father, Michael was little more than a voice on the phone asking for money. To his son 12-year-old son, he was just a guy who rarely came around.
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When I was seventeen I moved in a trailer with the father of my child. I was very stressed and began to experience with drugs. I was getting prescription drugs as my addiction worsened. I was able to get drugs from my father and I was so confused.
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I stole one of my dad's painkillers. I liked the way it made me feel so I continued to take them. My parents found out about this and sent me to a rehabilitation center. I was just at the young age of seventeen. At the time, I just felt like I was on a vacation. I relapsed the day after I was released.
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Overall, I had a very happy childhood in California. However, I did not grow up in a Christian home and both of my parents were “functioning” alcoholics. As such, they often had large dinner parties with friends at our home and I remember it looked like they were having a great deal of fun. When it was time to have the meal everyone would move into a different room and I would go from glass to glass and finish the wine that was left behind. I was about 10 years old and honestly I liked it. This continued whenever they would have parties, and in time I figured out I could just go straight to the liquor cabinet and drink what I wanted.
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The beginning of my journey at FOCUS began on January 18, 2010. Coming to FOCUS was one of the best decisions I took advantage of on this quest to be restored to sanity. FOCUS provided me with the experiences of learning how to live sober.
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Drugs had beaten me down and I was a hopeless and broken woman. A few years before entering into recovery drugs had taken me down a very dark and lonely road. This way of life left me numb and spiritually empty. When my son was born the State of Alabama, DHR, stepped in. They said that I was an unfit mother and they placed him to live with family members. For the next ten months I continued to use drugs and soon realized that something had to change.
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Ten years ago I was broken and a homeless drug addict. I lost everything, including custody of my child. I finally entered Bradford Health Services treatment program and then referred to FOCUS On Recovery for six months. This is where my recovery journey began.
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The year was 1989. Mom died. Then Dad. Then my aunt and niece. All dead within a 90 day period. Emotionally, I was a wreck. Lacking the skills to cope with such sudden and devastating death, I turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with my pain.
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Lawrence is happily married, employed full time with benefits and is the proud owner of a Chevy truck. In addition, he has been clean and sober for nearly 18 months; adding that when he started “hangin’ with positive people”, his life started to change.


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