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Mom was dying. I took her prescription pain pills.

Brooke

Then I actually started dating a boy who used them recreationally. It led me to use them more and more, which led to a path of just, it led to addiction. I started to become dependent on them.

Mother of five. Meth cook.

Kimberly P.

All of my life my family has been drug addicts, prostitutes, and different things. I didn't grow up in a very good household.

I thought fame was the answer .

Chris M

I began to fill it with my surroundings, which was women and alcohol. It wasn’t long until I found myself with a $70,000 a year cocaine addiction.

This woman loved me. Why does Mom hate me?

Vicky

My parents & grandparents came from a Jewish background. My great grandparents were active in the synagogue. I didn’t even know what was Jewish. My mother kept it a secret. In my home there were very many closed doors. Most o...

A lady helped me escape the man holding me captive in my car for six months.

Tonya

That night I was gang raped by five men. I was so ashamed and so embarrassed. I felt like it was my fault. I blamed myself and I didn’t want to tell anyone.

Why did my little boy suffer?

Sonya

We used to sing a Kirk Franklin song called “Lovely Day.” The song is about being down and not feeling good, but there is a new day, lovely day, because we’re going to be with God. We sing that song, sometimes at our church, ...

Met the boy my wife did not abort.

Rose & Chris

I asked her if someone tried to talk her into getting an abortion.

Mom was very angry, very malicious.

Oscar

“You’re going to end up like your father, a bum on the street, a loser, an alcoholic.” As a kid, growing up hearing those things hurt me. I thought, “Man, after everything I do for you, this is how you love me.”

Forgave Mom, even after sexual abuse.

Mary F

When a child grows up thinking abuse is what love from a parent looks like, you don’t know it’s so horrifically wrong until someone else tells you.

No one used to trust me with their dog. Now I teach 6th graders.

Joel

I used to break into cars quite a bit. Steal radios, speakers, walk out of Lowes with baskets full of chain saws, carts full of chain saws, just crazy things because I could get dope for them. I had to have my dope to keep go...