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Mae’s Story My name is Mae and I’m an addict in recovery. I think it’s important to start with that statement because I believe in transparency today. When I was younger, I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me I would be putting this out there for all the world to see, but I...
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Ekoko’s Story Before my addiction, I never really considered the dangers of substance abuse. I can remember my parents and teachers saying, “Don’t do drugs.” I thought it was something I’d never do. When I was 15 years old, my mom, brother and I moved in with my grandparents in Arkansas. My life immediately became...
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Jeanne’s Story In January 2002 my life changed in an instant. As I dressed and headed out to start my day, it never occurred to me that the next few moments would dictate the next 14 years of my life. That morning I was in a terrible car accident that caused multiple injuries throughout my...
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Rod’s Story I have been a law enforcement officer for over 40 years. During my career, I have seen the devastation and grief that is caused by chemical dependency. Many decisions are made by individuals under the influence of a chemical that adversely affects them for the rest of their lives. Not only have I...
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Angela’s Story Angela Mallette’s auroral red hair and beaming smile illuminate any room she walks in whether she is educating Mississippians about the dangers of opioids or advocating for addiction treatment and drug court expansion. “I want to show that recovery is possible. No one should remain stuck in the cycle of addiction because they...
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The Bufkin’s Story “Growing up, I never experimented with drugs. I began taking prescription medication for my migraines, and that’s where it all started,” Greg Bufkin solemly recalls. A devoted husband and father, Greg battled opioid addiction for years—a battle that put a serious strain on his relationship with his daughter Harley. Harley noticed signs...
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