Stories of Hope

Lucy Vanhook

Lucy Vanhook

Lucy Vanhook doesn’t remember life without alcohol. Her nanny put bourbon in the baby bottle, and she used to crawl and drink out of cocktail glasses left out at her parents’ parties. Her life also was filled with horses and riding. As a member of a prominent...

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Erica Gentry

Erica Gentry

A high school cheerleader. The voice of reason. Responsible.That was how many people would have described Erica Gentry.She didn’t really know much about drugs until she was 18. Then some people that Erica looked up to pulled out meth when they were hanging out. She...

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Jill Decker

Jill Decker

Jill had a great childhood. She was an only child with great parents – raised with spiritual values and no reason to use drugs.  But, in high school, she felt awkward and defiant. She wanted the wrong people to like her and wanted to fit in.  Ultimately, she used...

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Brandon Tomlison

Brandon Tomlison

He thought his childhood was normal. Afterall, it was all he had ever known. But Brandon Tomlinson grew up in an alcoholic home, and fighting was frequently seen.Brandon tried alcohol at age 10. By the time he was 16, he was smoking marijuana and taking pills.During...

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Chris Whitenack

Chris Whitenack

At age 16, Chris would get dropped off at AA meetings, then his mom, who was a social worker, would attend Al-Anon. She did everything she could to help him.But pot, pain pills and alcohol progressed to heroin and meth. Chris spent more than 10 years in jail and...

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Toddra Curry

Toddra Curry

Growing up I had a pretty good home life. I never wanted for anything and never did without. As I got older, I knew that I always felt different and would do anything to feel I belonged. In high school that led me to drinking alcohol and smoking weed. At the time I...

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Shawn Allen

Shawn Allen

Shawn Allen had a normal childhood. He grew up in church. His parents didn’t drink or smoke. It wasn’t an environmental thing, he said.Shawn started running with the wrong crowd and experimenting with drugs near the end of high school. Soon, he alienated all of his...

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Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Chris Mills drank a lot and experimented with drugs – weed and speed – while growing up.He served in the U.S. Marine Corps – enlisting during the Gulf War in 1991. While Chris was serving in the Marines, he was married and had a son. The drug experimentation...

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Ed Early

Ed Early

Star high school athlete. College baseball player. Expected to do big things. This is Ed Early.Twenty-three felonies. Went from an athletic 190 pounds to 130 pounds. People shut their garage doors when they saw him walking down the street. This is also Ed Early.Ed’s...

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