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. Bullying at School Can Take the Sunshine Out of Life

    Darlene and Lenette Doskoch Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 15-17 A daughter’s story Hi, my name is Lenette Doskoch and I have generalized anxiety disorder. I don’t know exactly what to write. Remembering what ...

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  2. From Thrills to Ills

    Why smoking pot is risky business Geoffrey Griffiths Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 14  I started smoking pot when I was 13. I was not a happy camper as a kid. School was misery right from the start. I had gr ...

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  3. Should We Have Been More Aware? A mother and son share their story

    How cannabis changed my life Matt* Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 22 It started in the summer before high school. I mysteriously developed strange vibrations in my neck and head that caused pain and headaches ...

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  4. Should We Have Been More Aware? A mother and son share their story

    Epilogue: Mom’s view Gina* Web-only article from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4) All those cliché sentiments about high school being the “best years of your life”—well, the opposite has been true for my son. Imagine navigating h ...

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