Meghan recalls how she spent her life in high school trying to impress her peers. She had her first drink at age 16, which years later when entering recovery she believed was too late in life to be considered an alcoholic.
Harry Haroutunian, MD, is an internationally known speaker and authority on addiction-oriented topics—including drug misuse among older adults. He is widely read online and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr.
Michael Dadashi is the founder and CEO of Infinite Recovery, a progressive Austin-based addiction rehabilitation center, as well as the founder and company director of a multi-million dollar electronics recycling and resale business, MHD Enterprises.
Dr. Rodu is a Professor of Medicine and holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center. For two decades, he has been in the forefront of research and policy development regardi...
During the 1990s, Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field. An all-American beauty, a national and international champion, a spokesperson for numerous major companies, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active,
Justin Luke Riley serves as president and CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR is a national grassroots organization focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorder.
Alan would wake up late and show up for work late, all because he was high on cocaine the night before. He worked at a deli restaurant, and would stay at his job each day as long as it would take him to earn enough money to buy his cocaine ...
Roberto was born in Peru and claims his family was full of drinkers. Alcohol was around at all times, at every activity. He often felt distanced from his family as a child because he was the lone boy in a house full of sisters.
Giovanni distinctly remembers why he started drinking. The day he took his first drink, he felt good. All his inhibitions, insecurities and precognition disappeared. In his own words, Giovanni needed the alcohol to “get rid of a feeling,
Laura says alcohol has been pervasive in her family; she even recently learned that when her family first arrived in the New World, they operated a whiskey importing business. Laura's childhood was even more complicated; her bi-polar mother entered in...
Irene is a "double winner" - part of a special group of people who are members of the fellowship of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Both her parents and her brothers were daily drinkers. Her father, a police officer,
Dylan grew up in a immediate family in which nobody drank. His mother and his father didn't drink, although alcoholism had plagued the family generations prior. Despite her non-use of alcohol, Dylan's mother was in recovery for substance abuse,
Ananda entered the recovery process via Al-Anon after wanting to end her own life. She grew up in a home with alcoholic and drug-addicted parents. She calls them "hippies" who intended on loving her but really couldn't deliver on that parental promis...
Television Legend Gavin MacLeod is known for his roles on long-lasting TV shows. He was Joseph "Happy" Haines on McHale's Navy, Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Capt. Merrill Steubing on The Love Boat.
Artie Lange, the actor, comedian, and talk show host best known for his escapades on the Howard Stern Show reveals how he came back from rock bottom. He was one of the most successful comedians in the country at the time,
Lee can never remember a time in which he felt as if he fit in. Growing up a gay male in a Southern Baptist family & town, he could not be comfortable. But one day at age 17, he had his first drink. And Lee thinks that first drink,
Mike is a recovering alcoholic who whole enjoying sobriety tried crystal meth for the first time at a party. At the very beginning, Mike loved meth; it allowed him to stay up longer, have more fun, push his creative output more, etc.
Sophie's problematic compulsive gambling started later in life, when she was 60-years old. She had achieved sobriety from other addictions much earlier but started gambling as an activity and it quickly progressed into a problem.
Paul’s last bet was many years ago. His life revolved around gambling from the time he was a youngster. He played cards, poker, baseball cards. He always wanted to be a winner and pursued winning aggressively.