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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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. Epic 'Fail'

    I am an urban gypsy: born in Islamabad, raised in Hong Kong, educated in New York City. Seven years ago I zigzagged my way from Le Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal to Vancouver’s West End. ...

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  6. The Fifth Pillar—Housing

    We are parents brought together through our children, who have struggled with drug addiction and are now young adults. The experience, frustration, sadness and wisdom we’ve gained over the years led us to form the non-profit support and advocacy group cal ...

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

    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, ours is referred to as a “social detox”—there are no nurses on the premises and the resource is locate ...

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