Horizon Blog

Real life stories of addiction and recovery.

Sally’s Story

October 23rd, 2011

When she was a teenager, Sally, now in her late 40s, drank beer and smoked pot with friends. At 18, she began frequenting bars and getting into “the hard stuff.” “Vodka was definitely my drink of choice,” says Sally. She graduated high school and began working, but the drinking continued. Sally tried to stop, even […]

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Gregory’s Story

October 20th, 2011

Gregory was 12 when he took his first drink. By age 19, he was using crack cocaine. As a roadie for a rock band, Gregory had no trouble getting coke on the road and, besides, “everyone else was doing it.” “Using coke felt great,” says Gregory. “I had a big hole inside me – I […]

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Chip’s Story

October 10th, 2011

If you met Chip, you’d probably see him as a personable, friendly and articulate 33-year-old guy who loves music and writes poetry. You would, according to his mom, Linda, be largely unaware of his hidden disabilities. But Chip has been diagnosed with ADHD and chronic low-grade depression. Chip also has hearing loss in his right […]

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Daniel’s Story

October 3rd, 2011

At 17, Daniel has already seen a lifetime of sadness and hardship. His father was murdered shortly before Daniel was born. About a year ago, his mother died very suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving Daniel – the youngest of four children – an orphan and pretty much on his own. Daniel began experimenting with drugs – […]

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Terry’s Story

September 20th, 2011

It started with a simple task: moving furniture at her house. Terry, a suburban thirty-something mother of two and warehouse worker, hurt her back badly enough that her doctor prescribed pain pills and patches. The trouble was that, by the time the pain was gone, Terry was addicted. “Even when the pain stopped, I kept […]

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Doug’s Story

September 16th, 2011

He’s in his sixties, but one of Doug’s goals is to go back to school. “I know I still have something to offer,” he says, “and I believe God wants me to help others avoid the path I’ve taken.” Doug started abusing alcohol in his late teens. He moved on to marijuana, sleeping pills, hard […]

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Dave’s Story

September 5th, 2011

It is very common for teenagers to turn to drugs and/or alcohol after a tragic, life-changing event, and that’s just what happened to Dave. Now in his early twenties, Dave started drinking and smoking marijuana after his dad passed away when Dave was 16. He moved back in with his mother and, as he puts […]

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Martin’s Story

August 26th, 2011

Horizon’s Brief Strategic Therapy (BSFT) program is aimed at improving youth (ages 13-19) behavior by eliminating substance use and its associated behavior problems. A nationally-recognized, evidence-based, short-term and problem-focused family treatment program, BSFT has been endorsed as a model program by several federal health and substance abuse agencies. One of the first families to participate […]

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