Stories of Hope

Earl Young

Earl Young

He was born in Florida – a drug baby addicted to heroin before his first breath. Orphaned and then adopted, Earl Young was brought to Breathitt County, where he had a normal childhood. He played football and excelled in sports.Earl joined the U.S. Army after high...

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Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks

I came from a good home. My parents were sober, and I had a good, healthy family. Then, around age 13, I started hanging around kids in school that got into more stuff. I started smoking joints. It didn’t seem like a big deal.But I started to enjoy the feeling, and I...

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Mandy Bays

Mandy Bays

My name is Mandy Bays, and I'm an addict. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined myself growing up to be an addict. I don't think any of us ever had hopes and dreams of one day being an addict.God has a way of working things out, and that is just what He did...

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Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones

Hi, my name is Morgan, and I’m an alcoholic, addict, and ACA (adult child of an alcoholic). For as long as I can remember, I was always searching for a place to belong, to feel safe and comforted in. My parents are both alcoholic.I vaguely remember my childhood, but I...

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Dominic Carton

Dominic Carton

My name is Dominic Carton, and I am a recovering addict. By the grace of a merciful loving God, February 19 marked five years of continuous sobriety for me. I don’t use the term “recovered” because I haven’t fully recovered from anything other than mind, body, and...

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Billy Newsome

Billy Newsome

As a teenager, I never gave much focus or attention to drugs. It was nothing I had ever been faced with or been subjected to in my life. The summer I graduated high school, I was involved in a car accident with my brother, Ricky, which killed him and left me in a...

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Lisa Floyd

Lisa Floyd

Lisa Floyd, a child of rape, was given up by her mom and raised by a relative. She had a fine home and didn’t want for anything.By age 13, she was smoking pot, which she believes was a gateway drug that led to drinking at age 14, dropping out of school at 15, and...

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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Ten different foster homes before age 10. A mother she barely knew. A father who was an IV drug addict. She was in kinship care for a year, then back with her father, whom she loved and idolized. Rachel Johnson was having sex and doing pot by age 11 and...

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William Anderson

William Anderson

Pain and depression led William Anderson to turn to drugs to fill the void. Instead, drugs landed him in jail and made him lose his family. They made him lose everything.The loss and destruction that began in his 20s was making him tired. He was done with life....

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