Harriet Mentzer and Gail Greener

Harriet Mantzer (67) talks with her friend, Gail Greener (59) about her time as a hospice nurse, caring for cancer patients, and delivering babies. She shares about being a rancher and the death of her seventeen-year-old daughter.

"Because of his addiction, he had the attention on him, so I was kind of on the sideline learning to live on my own" by Isabella Monacchio

Hi my name is Bella and I am interviewing my mother Michele, so who was the person this using drugs in your family? The person using drugs in my family it was my older brother. So how much older was...

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.

Kane Hoff's interview of Allison Hoff on the subject of addiction.

I did this interview on my mom about her trouble with addiction. We look at subjects such as how it came to be, what it was like during, and how she finally got through it.

Addiction Interview #1

KP: Today I’m interviewing a close friend of mine on her older sisters heroin addiction. So, you we’re about three years old when your sister started using, is that right? NA: Yes, that’s right. I remember her being around here...

“He Knew He Was Going to Die, He Told Me.”

Me: My name is Dominique Francis: My name is Francis Me: Who is the person misusing drugs in your family? Francis: My grandfather actually abused of alcohol when he was very young. He didn’t think it would take effect until...

April’s Story

April: Hello? Caroline: Hi April! April: Hey, how are you? Caroline: Good, how are you? April: I’m good, thank you. Caroline: Can you remember how or why you started misusing drugs and or alcohol? April: Um ok well, I was...

“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...

She’s taking herself away from us and everybody who loves her

Me: Who was the person misusing drugs in your family? Sean: Well it wasn’t a member of my family, but it was somebody I’ve known since she was 5 years old, so I’ve know her for quite a long time....

“I dont believe they knew how to deal with it”.
November 29, 2017 App Interview

Me: Who was the person misusing drugs? Interviewee: My brother was the person misusing drug. Me: When did you first realize that drugs were a problem for this person? Interviewee: After several months when his behavior became erratic, it was...

“More they tried to help the more she resisted.”
November 19, 2018 App Interview

“Hello my name is Jake Carnevale and this is my father Mick. Alright, First off who was it who used the substance in the family?” “That would be my mother your grandma,” “And what substance was it?” “She was an...

High School Athlete Takes Wrong Turn

Hi, my name is Nick, I want to thank you for taking the time to interview with me about a sensitive topic of substance abuse. Who was it that you knew who was affected by substance abuse? Are they a...

Paula Newman Skomski & Terri Inglis

Paula founded the Peoria Home for women who have been abused and victims of sex trafficking. Terri, is Peoria Home Director. They talk about the necessary work they do to help women get clean, sober, and out of "the life."...

Thomas Rhodes

My friend B suffers from addiction and I recount my interactions with my friend

William's Journey (en Español)

William discusses his migration from Puerto Rico to Chicago, his struggle with addiction, how to be resilient in the face of adversity, how poverty affected not only him but his family and how organizations like La Casa Norte help alleviate...

"Praise their bravery for going through their battle"

John Doe had grown up with what he knew as the best grandparents ever, but how they got that title was a lot of hard work done through rehab programs and meetings for the sake of their lives and family....

"His addiction helped other members in my family cut back" by Camila Perez

Stockton University student Camila Perez interviews George Juarez who lost his uncle to substance use disorder.

"Recovery is possible, when you never, ever expected it." by Luke Ngo

(0:00-2:05) Question: “What was the pivotal moment in your life that made you want to make a change?” Answer: “It was more a set of circumstances than a moment. I was a functional alcoholic for decades. I learned later that...

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...

"The biggest scare was when he drank himself into a coma"

Jane Doe lost her brother to cancer but his excessive drinking turned into an addiction is said to have played into his passing. There was a lot of heart attack within the family during this difficult time in her life,...

Kim Hahn and Heather Kinderthain

Friends Kim Hahn (28) and Heather Kinderthain (45) discuss some of life's harder moments, including the death of Kim's mom and Heather's experience overcoming addiction.

Drug Abuse and Childhood Trauma

Abby Fisette speaks on how her parent's substance abuse effected her upbringing and her current life trajectory.