Stories of Hope

Austin Florence

Austin Florence

Growing up, I came from a great family. My father was a doctor and my mother was on the board of nurses. I have five sisters and three brothers. I am the second to youngest. I was always spoiled.Everything I ever needed or wanted I would usually get. I wish there was...

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Aisian Lucas

Aisian Lucas

She lived with her mom, who battled her own addiction, until she was 10 years old. After that, Aisian Lucas lived with her aunt and grandmother in Carter County. She considered her childhood to be a normal one.Aisian did well academically and was a year ahead in...

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Christina Butcher

Christina Butcher

Since I was a young girl, I have always battled with insecurity. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I never felt pretty, and I was always comparing myself to other girls my age.When I was 13 years old, I began dieting and exercising. This obsession would control...

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Lauren and Carter Hendrickson

Lauren and Carter Hendrickson

Carter Hendrickson grew up in a Christian home in Harlan and attended a small Christian school. When he went to a large public high school, he decided drinking and smoking pot was the way to fit in. He continued that pattern in college but escalated his marijuana use...

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Tiffany Dobbs

Tiffany Dobbs

It was a picture perfect childhood – a loving family that provided everything a daughter needed, encouraged participation in sports, supported her in academics, and provided a college education.But problems were lurking just beneath the surface for Tiffany Dobbs. She...

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Leanna Murphy

Leanna Murphy

My name is Leanna Murphy. I live in Danville, Kentucky, and am a Community Liaison for Addiction Recovery Care.My story of redemption began on July 8, 2017. Prior to that, my life had become unmanageable. My parents were divorced when I was 6 months old. I have four...

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Lisa Burton

Lisa Burton

It started young. At age 5, Lisa Burton was taken away from her mother, who was an addict and in trouble. Lisa felt different than everyone else. Alone. She kicked into survival mode. At 15, Lisa starting smoking pot and drinking. She felt like a victim and thought...

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Stuart Lemarr

Stuart Lemarr

My name is Stuart Lemarr, and I am a person in long-term recovery. That means I have not found it necessary to take a drink or a drug since June 4 of 2010. Let me start out by saying I have the disease of alcoholism.I lose all control of regulating my drug or alcohol...

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Makala Stambaugh

Makala Stambaugh

My name is Makala Stambaugh. I am a 16-year-old junior at Jenkins High School, where I am also a member of the Operation UNITE Club. Previously, I lived with my two brothers and parents who survived paycheck to paycheck. We struggled mainly because a large percentage...

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