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. Accommodating Addiction in the Workplace

    Adam Picotte, CDMP, Barrister & Solicitor From  "Workplace: Disclosure and Accommodations" issue of Visions Journal, 2018, 13 (4), p. 24 Amy* was in trouble and she knew it. As a single mom with two children requiring special care and a dema ...

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  2. Adjusting Our Dreams

    Karen Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), pp. 28, 30 Two years ago, when my son Wayne* was 16, he was a handsome, well-rounded young man, destined for a healthy and productive adulthood. He had great talent in his liter ...

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  3. Adolescent Addiction and Corrections

    My journey David Grant Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 2(8), p.25 By the time I was 16 I had a serious drug problem. My parents knew I was likely to end up with serious mental and physical health problems—if I w ...

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  4. Adulting

    Reham Cojuangco Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 24-27 Transitions in life are a time for self-discovery, so I’m learning. I am in a generation where phrases like: “I’m having a quarter life ...

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  5. Aging with Mental Illness

    May Louie Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, p. 26 We all grow old — like it or not. As one grows older there are many problems. There are physical problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis and st ...

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  6. Aligning Values and Notions of Self-Worth

    Harley Lockhart Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 16-18 It was(n’t) a very good year, in 1994... The year 1994 should have been a good one for me. I had a consistent daily time dedicated to my spiritual relatio ...

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  7. Allowing Life In

    Mindfulness as an alternative to alcohol Maureen, BA, MPA Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 16 I’ve been a worrier and prone to anxiety for as long as I can remember. Both my late mother and my sister have b ...

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  8. Alternatives: Miracle Marijuana

    Michelle Rainey Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 19 At the tender age of 15 I started to experience severe stomach pain, nausea, cramping and diarrhea; a cycle that, I didn’t know then, would repeat my whole li ...

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  9. Am I the Only One Going Through This?

    Standing up to stigma, anxiety and herpes—all at once Sanaz* Reprinted from "Recovery: Stigma and Inclusion" issue of Visions Journal, 2017, 13 (1), p. 23 I have social anxiety and genital herpes. It’s a doozy of a combination. I am also a perfe ...

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  10. Amrik's Bout with Schizophrenia

    Margaret Little Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 14-15 In 2003, at the age of 22, Amrik* had just graduated from a US university with a Computer Engineering degree. He was a normal, well-adjusted young gradua ...

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