Our Stories

Ben Patterson
Ben Patterson

"I started using at a pretty young age. When I first started getting high and smoking weed it felt like that was the answer. Like that was the one thing I was missing to make me feel like everyone else in the world… to make me feel human. That quickly progressed into drugs like acid to methamphetamine and then on to cocaine.

Thomas McConatha
Thomas McConatha

"Most of my family has experienced addiction, either personally or through having a family member like me. And honestly, before I ever got into a normal routine of being loaded, checking out was my drug. I was the kid in class that could have made straight A’s but would normally just be zoned out and disinterested.  

Terry Busse
Terry Busse

“I’ve been clean since February 1st, 1977. I started using in earnest when I was 14. The first two years I didn't have any problems and it was a lot of fun. But then I got to a place where I knew that something was wrong in my life but I just couldn't figure out what it was.

Sheila Turner
Sheila Turner

My parents never argued and they didn't drink or do drugs or anything like that. They were together all the way up until my mom passed away. So my childhood was really great. The using for me started pretty early on though. The first time I smoked a joint was in 7th grade and from there it naturally escalated. Later on I got married and he drank a lot. I had to keep my wits about me so I did the next best thing... meth amphetamines.

Bryan Hill
Bryan Hill

"My mom passed away when I was 14 so I moved in with my dad. He had had experiences with drugs many years before that so he was very much against any of it. I was too afraid to do it in his house and he definitely didn’t let me go out and party and things like that. So, because of that I stayed away from all of it through most of high school.

Dana Audette
Dana Audette

"As a non-alcoholic/addict working in this community I’ve learned a lot about the illness and the recovery process. First and foremost, addiction is brutal. But there's another side of it for people once they start to change. This community demands people to be open and honest and it's very different from the rest of society, where there's this feeling that if you are struggling there is something wrong with you.