Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. The Truth of the Streets

    And my life thereafter... Vance Hughes Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), p. 25 I've been on and off the streets for eight years. Street life is emotional. It breaks my heart to see very young k ...

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  2. Carrying On

    My struggle for a different life Michael O'Shea Web-only article from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1) Doing drugs for the very first time will give you a high that you never had before, but after that, drugs ...

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  3. A Mother's Perspective

    Martha Scales Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), pp. 24-25 My story isn't what you might call a "good news" story. Yet, it has elements of very good news. My 40-year-old son is homeles ...

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  4. "Cowboy Dave"

    Just one story from the Cariboo streets Wayne Lucier Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 16-17 My day usually starts with bringing coffee to the people who gather behind Lake City Ford, a common meeting ...

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  5. The Fifth Pillar—Housing

    From Grief to Action parents Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (1), pp. 15-17 We are parents brought together through our children, who have struggled with drug addiction and are now young adults. The experience, frustra ...

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  6. Youth Detox—and a Taste of Healthy Home Life

    Barrett Carter Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (1), pp. 18-19 Over the past three years I have been working at a detox facility for youth, located in south Vancouver. Unlike the clinical setting of a medical detox, our ...

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