Erik M.

I grew up in a broken home, my father was an abusive alcoholic. I started being verbally, mentally, and emotionally abusive towards family and friends. I began smoking marijuana at the age of 17 and then hard alcohol came at 18. I was drinking and smoking to cope with anger and depression and suicidal tendencies. The recent crisis that brought me to Teen Challenge was homelessness and my suicidal tendencies. I came to Teen Challenge because I want to learn to be less angry, depressed, and suicidal. I hope to experience true joy and learn to feel truly loved.