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Stories of Hope

Jon-Erik grew up way too fast. “I had a good home and supportive parents,” he says. “But by fifth grade, I was hanging out with high school kids, drinking and smoking pot.” Over the years, Jon-Erik’s drug use escalated to painkillers and heroin, costing him jobs and destroying relationships. “I...
Albert had a happy childhood, playing the sports he loved. “It was a good life,” he says. “I played baseball and soccer all through school.” Then, when he was 16, he experienced a disappointment in his athletic career – one which set him on a path of self-destruction. “I played soccer for the...
Victor began selling drugs when he was 17, started using cocaine at 21, and was a heroin addict by 23. “Then I lost my job,” he says. “I was still selling drugs, but sometimes I didn’t have enough profit to buy them for myself, so I started robbing people.” One night, Victor overdosed, and he...
Carl started drinking when he was just 14, following in his alcoholic father’s footsteps. “My mom said she knew I’d start drinking one day. She just didn’t think I would be so young,” he says.  Carl’s drinking spiraled out of control when he was 23, and he struggled with binge drinking for the...
John is no stranger to loss. As a Navy SEAL for ten years, he had a lot of experience losing friends – and on his last mission, he was the only man to return home. But when he did, he experienced another terrible loss: his wife unexpectedly passed away.  When his wife passed away, John didn’t...
Alan was introduced to drugs early on; he was just 14 years old. He was kicked out of his home and went into rehabilitation programs at the age of 15, but they didn’t have much of an effect. “For years, I was disappointed with myself. I didn’t realize the consequences of my choices so I started...
Sometimes life really surprises us! Patrick grew up in an ideal family…“I went to church every Sunday. Mom was a Jersey City school teacher. My father was a fireman. We had pretty much everything that we ever wanted.” What could go wrong? But Patrick was “a little on the wild side.” He was...
“The darkest part of my life…” Bill grew up in a happy home, but he began abusing drugs and alcohol in his teens. “I started running in the 70’s and really never stopped,” he says. “I gave up alcohol, but opiates always seemed to climb back into my life.” Bill was a functioning addict, holding...
For years, Larry was floating through life. Growing up, he worked on a charter fishing boat with his father. But at 21, with his captain’s license and a new sense of freedom, he began abusing drugs and alcohol, sinking deeper into dangerous waters. “A cycle of horror.” Through much of his adult...
The book of Job is the story of a devout man plagued by tragedy. When the book opens, Job is about to lose everything – his children, his home and wealth, his good name and even his health. Edward says this story could have been his! “I’d been saved and baptized. I was filled with the Holy...

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