True Stories Of Addiction

Last Edited: November 10, 2020
Author
Patricia Howard, LMFT, CADC
Clinically Reviewed
Andrew Lancaster, LPC, MAC
All of the information on this page has been reviewd and certified addiction professional.
We’ve interviewed well over one hundred people about their story of addiction and there is power in numbers! You are not alone!

Top 20 Stories About Addiction & Recovery

Connor’s need to feel accepted in his youth opened him up to drug abuse. After experimenting with smoking pain pills, he quickly finds himself caught up into heroin. His near death experience puts him in a halfway house surrounded by the right people.
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https://youtu.be/4T1F1UfXf_8
Sam was drawn to heroin at a young age to help him fit in. After snorting Oxycontin for the first time, Sam realized his hunger for drug was ruining himself and his family. Because of his addiction to pills, he needed to buy heroin and meth to feed his hunger. The addiction destroyed his whole family. By 18 he had tried almost every drugs and they didn’t make him feel less alone.
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https://youtu.be/i0lrZY_N2vg
Andrew was raised in a stable home; his external circumstances weren’t the cause of his drug addiction disease. Andrew was naturally curious about drugs and was hooked on pain killers in high school. After several attempts in treatment, Andrew went on to sober living and found his purpose in helping other addicts get into treatment.
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https://youtu.be/bj660iLB0Oc
Mercede struggles with trauma and falls into a party scene. This environment encouraged her to do drugs. At 15 years old, she moves in with a guy who sold heroin. Her heroin addiction was so draining that she wished for death. She has found confidence in her recovery and finds that she enjoys being there for people.
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https://youtu.be/b-kOiOEnlzI
At the age of 12, Katie explored alcohol and began to make friends with the wrong crowd. When she got a hold of Xanax and alcohol, she began to black out when she mixed the two. Having the strength to ask her family for help gave her the chance for a better life than just pills and booze. Katie got into a treatment facility named A Better Today Recovery Services with the help of her parents. There she learned things about herself and began to work a program.
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https://youtu.be/y0X1N6KNEyk
Shantal grew up surrounded by her father and his friends rather than other kids. She enjoyed being around the hustle and bustle of the adults and was exposed to drugs and alcohol at a very early age. With two parents battling addiction, Shantal had a tough childhood.
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https://youtu.be/7ulvO20OXws
Bianca shares her experience with her prescription drug use as a child. She had zero coping skills and was sheltered by her parents for years. Once the doctor stopped her prescription, she found her life shifting into a never-ending nightmare.
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https://youtu.be/tpo3iHZzgZk
Tanner began doing drugs and drinking alcohol at a young age as a way to feel outside of himself. He felt he needed to abuse substances to get through life. Once he truly caught hold of recovery after years of addiction, however, he discovered that living a sober life was the only way he wanted to live.
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https://youtu.be/aJxcr68OUjA
Jes was constantly looking for acceptance from her parents and others who were in active addiction. She started drinking alcohol at an early age which eventually escalated to Heroin as the years went by. Recovery helped her to see that the only person she needed validation from was herself.
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https://youtu.be/ZNLNJxAvCF8
Growing up in a poor family in Louisiana, John began to sell ecstasy as a child. In his high school years, John turned to weed, alcohol and eventually meth. His drug addiction lead him to being expelled in 9th grade twice and left his parents unable to deal with him. John bought himself a bus ticket and headed out to Tucson, Arizona to live with his brother, however, his addiction to meth soon left John on his own. After being involved in a shoot out, several stints in prison, and a near death experience, John turned to Narcotics Anonymous for help and is now enjoying his second chance at life.
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https://youtu.be/qpGLbdJKIgg
Jasmine was heading in the wrong direction early in her youth. When her life began to spiral out of control her mother stepped in, but Jasmine found a spicy Rehab Romance. As they fell in love, they both fell in love with heroin. Things just got worse from there.
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https://youtu.be/Rv_Mzsr2hdc
Sam quickly found himself headed down a path of stealing, drinking and abusing drugs in his early teens. He used alcohol and marijuana as an outlet in his life. Sure enough his addiction had him exploring ecstasy, cocaine, and later heroin. Sam knew he needed help when he realized he was addicted to the 3 most addictive substances in the world. Sam is grateful for the life he lives in recovery.
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https://youtu.be/3ueXHRot5Bk
Ian leads his story with what addiction made him feel. He says it made him feel like all his walls were coming down. Ian never imagined his life turning out this way. But, Ian does have some lessons he wants to share. His hope is whoever is out there reading will learn from his lessons. That way, they don’t have to go through their horrifying addiction spiral.
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https://youtu.be/gwcX_BhW7N0
Levi began to drink alcohol at an early age in order to feel like he fit in. Struggling to cope with how he felt, he used alcohol and cocaine. Before he knew it, he was experimenting with Adderall and cocaine causing his drug addiction to spiral out of control. After loosing the ones he cared about the most, he began to look for a better way.
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https://youtu.be/EPyTiWjWQDo
Miles struggle with his identity caused him to experiment with drugs. To cope with his problems he started to take pills to numb himself. He started using drugs regularly to help fill the void. His heroin and cocaine addiction hurt the ones he loved, causing him to dive deeper into drugs like meth. Finding drug rehabilitation helped him find himself. He could relate to other and focus on health from years of abuse.
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https://youtu.be/W7ihyFctsOI
Janene endured a horrible auto accident that caused trauma during high school. Discovering drugs were the beginning of a seemingly never ending nightmare. Listen to her message of hope for those still suffering from addiction. It’s possible to change your future!
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https://youtu.be/UiGLn390dWU
Bianka’s story begins at a young age as she grew up believing that abusing substances was the best way to help her cope with her feelings. Early childhood trauma added to her need to suppress these feelings through using heroin and other drugs.
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https://youtu.be/iuYVZpqAV1E
TJ had scholarships to play professional baseball all over the United States, but fell into a deep habit of drugs and alcohol. His dangerous relationship with drugs led him to doing horrible things and was in jail many times because of it. Find out how he found recovery and how it has changed his life for the better!
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https://youtu.be/PK2C7Snqm9Q
Aline’s early life was full of substance abuse and addiction. Through the years she found people and places to be where she could get high off of drugs such as Spice, Alcohol, and Meth. After finding recovery, however, she has learned that she can lead the kind of life she wants and be happy without abusing substances.
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https://youtu.be/OaRjWsmkbKc
Terra started abusing pot and ecstasy at an early age searching for a good time. After partying too hard, she thought she was smoking hash only to realize it was heroin. She continued to do heroin and decided to explore meth. She tried several different rehabs before she was willing to surrender herself to help. Two years sober and proud!
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https://youtu.be/lW6HNBTSGVg