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Faith Helps

Gary comes from a large family of nine, he is married and has seven children. He depends on his faith to maintain his sobriety. When offering advice, Gary recommends recovering addicts take one step at a time, and make sure God, your family, your church family, and friends are all part of your support system. [...]

Total Transformation

Dejon was incarcerated for 7 ½ years and during that time realized he needed to make a major transformation in the way he thought and acted. He realized the best way to change himself was starting from within and building outwards. Throughout the years, Dejon met many men on their journey to reform and began [...]

Staying Sober: a Success Story from GEO Reentry Connect

Nate described himself as “an out of control alcoholic” for 11 years. It wasn’t until he spent time in a prison treatment center that his eyes were opened to some of his addictive behaviors. Now that Nate is living a life of sobriety, he has some advice for others going through what he went through. [...]

Focus on Needs

Tobin worked with his case managers as he prepared to leave prison. Because of his sex offender status, he knew it would be difficult to find housing. A New Opportunity After a month of searching for work, Tobin’s probation officer granted him permission to look in a neighboring county. Tobin landed a temporary painting job, [...]

Fitting In

At 13, Tim smoked marijuana for the first time, so that he would fit in with other kids. He was the oldest son of a proud Irish-Catholic police officer and grew up middle class. Tim attended Catholic school and was a cross-country track star in high school, achieving scholarships for his athletic abilities. Throughout his [...]

Battling Addiction

At 13, Dorothy started experimenting with drugs, and by 15 she was addicted. After high school, she turned to the streets full time, where she sought acceptance and approval while battling her addiction. Her criminal activities and drug use lead to more than 30 arrests and 8 incarcerations. Dorothy ultimately lost parental rights to her [...]

Trouble at a Young Age

Jesse got involved in criminal activity at a very young age. He first encountered trouble with the law for shoplifting when he was just nine years old and had joined a gang by the age of 10. By the time Jessie was 13, he had stolen cars and sold drugs. At 15, Jessie was carrying [...]

Rebelling

Vernard was 9 years old when he witnessed his mother kill his father. Without a positive role model at home, he turned to the streets and started to rebel. His first encounter with the law was at 10 years old, and he continued down a destructive path throughout his teenage years, ultimately dropping out of [...]

Maladaptive Behaviors

A native of Puerto Rico, Aurea reports that her history of maladaptive behaviors began when she was around the age of 21. At that point, she began to indulge in alcohol and drug use which subsequently lead to troubles with the law. In total, her criminal history led to 15 arrests and two convictions. Aurea’s [...]

Criminal Lifestyle

Lawrence was 12 years old when he first experimented with marijuana, and by 16 he had moved onto stronger drugs like meth and heroin. He received his first felony and was sentenced to six years of incarceration. While incarcerated, Lawrence claims he found solace in befriending gang members and even inherited the nickname “Big Country.” [...]

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