Interview #3 Gwen

I talked today with Gwen about her past with substance abuse, and about her road to recovery. Bri: “What was your pivotal moment that made you want to change your life?” Gwen: “ I was going in the wrong direction,...

Mother and daughter talk about substance misuse and how it has affected their family.

Who was the person misusing drugs in your family? The person was my brother. Did they ever lie about their addiction to any of the family members? Yes, to all of us. Yes, they did. Did you or anyone else...

Nothing is being done because of the stigma.

Chad: Bill who was misusing drugs in your family? Bill: In my family, my youngest son Steven. Chad: how did you find out about his addiction? Bill: uhm… there were some red flags that went up my wife was doing...

Liz Farber and Justyna Raszewska

Liz, long time Providence caregiver reflects on her journey to become a social worker and how her spirituality has helped her serve hospice patients

Larry King and Taylor Stevenson

One Small Step conversation partners Larry King (39) and Taylor Stevenson (33) discuss growing up "privileged" versus "dirt floor poor," the role of the U.S. military, and struggles with substance abuse and depression.

Margaret McCaskill and Diane Mack

Diane Mack (74) interviews her friend and mentee Margaret McCaskill [no age given] about her childhood memories, her passions for reading books and writing poetry, and her hopes for the future.

substance abuse

Shantel Duhon 34, Simone Duhon 54 Daughter and Father. the topic discussed was substance abuse.

Richard White and Margaret Williams

One Small Step partners Richard "Wray" White (69) and Margaret "Peggy" Williams (71) discuss their backgrounds, their shared experience of parenthood, mental health, news media, and the challenge of connecting with others across political difference.

His death did not define her

Someone’s death should not be what defines who you or your future. In this interview, 14-year-old Avery Gillette interviews her Mom, Michelle Gillette, on November 27 in Los Angeles, California. We learn how she overcame the hardships of her childhood...

Anthony Torres and Patricia Sowers

Anthony (33) talks to Patricia (67) about his upbringing, struggling in college, joining the Military and his career in the Army.

Karen Roth and Edward Roth

Karen Roth (49) and her husband Edward "Ed" Roth (53) remember and honor their son who passed away after battling addiction for many years.

The Life and Wisdom of Diana Prinz

Diana tells her life story, speaking of family, addiction and recovery, incarceration and reentry, challenges and resilience, and shares words of wisdom gained through hard-fought experience.

“She’s not allowed to be left alone in her own house. Someone always has to be with her. She always has to be insight of another person”

Who was the person misusing drugs in your family? My cousin misuses drugs in my family. Did they ever lie about their addiction to any of the family members? Yes, she lied to the whole family during her addiction, and...

Ashley Choker and Ngoc Sharp

Ashley Choker (38) interviews her friend and colleague, Ngoc “Kat” Sharp (46), about her challenges in life and her journey to recovery. Kat shares her experience dealing with addiction and homelessness, as well as her experience getting back on her...

Harold "Bear" Cubbedge & Andrey MacCracken

After years of struggling with drug, alcohol and criminal addictions, and numerus stints in prison, Bear was able to turn his life around. Understanding his criminal activities also gave him a high, he knew others must feel the same and...

Emily Nelson & Scott Acord

Emily discusses growing up with a substance-abusing mother, and how this led to her won struggles with abandonment issues. She also talks about running away, dealing with depression and methamphetamine addiction as a teenager and ultimately her recovery from addiction.

Larry Parks and Jeffrey Roper

Larry Parks (68) interviewed by his nephew Jeffrey Roper (40) about growing up in Antoich, CA, moving to San Francisco in the 1960's, what it was like to be gay in the 1960's and 1970's, running his own salon, and...

Interview #2 Kelsie

I had a talk with Kelsie about her life in substance abuse, and her journey in recovery. Bri: “What was your pivotal moment that made you want to change your life?” Kelsie: “So, I was 31, I had been using...

Larry Johnson and Deb Sung

One Small Step conversation partners Larry Johnson (72) and Deborah "Deb" Sung (36) talk about their shared experience leaving the church, their complex relationships with their parents, and the need for people to talk to each other in the current...

Martin Carpio interviews Andrew Costa

Andrew Costa is 25 years old and was previously in several homeless shelters until he found a permanent home at Menlo Family Housing. He was adopted in Germany by Italian parents and lived most of his life in Long Island....

The Effects of Drug/Alcohol Abuse on the Family

In this interview, there are many stories of substance and alcohol abuse and how they have effected a young woman’s life.