Ashley

Ashley’s addiction-to-recovery journey was a quick spiral from a sheltered, middle-class childhood with her family to being homeless.   “I had my first drink at 16, and I immediately fell in love with it,” she remembers. “I grew up in church. My life was very structured and protected. After I started drinking, I used drugs…

Jackie Sanders

You may have seen Jackie’s work when you’re walking through downtown Raleigh at her public-facing art studio at Artspace. Or maybe you’ve heard some of the inspiring conversations she’d had with other career-minded artists on her podcast, the Level Up Artist Podcast. But what you might not have known about her is her heart for…

Rainbow Warriors

Timmy Fox’s remarkable journey from a participant in the Healing Transitions Long-Term Recovery Program to Silver Chipper #984 is a testament to the transformative impact that recovery has had on him. His unwavering commitment to serving others as a Recovery Engagement Specialist at Healing Transitions underscores this impact.    In one of his college courses…

Daniel Mauldin

Daniel was raised in a loving, two-parent home and according to him, he had “everything anyone could ever want or desire.” When Daniel, 38, left home for North Carolina A&T State University, he was introduced to alcohol, marijuana and eventually, cocaine. What started out as recreational use amongst friends and colleagues slowly turned into an…

Caroline

Caroline would tell you her childhood growing up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was anything but typical. Her parents were both drinkers, and Caroline always felt a little different, like she just didn’t belong.    In middle school, her parents got divorced, and tragically, her mom attempted suicide in front of her. Her…

Millie Jones and Bryan Maasch

For many, finding support after starting their recovery journey looks like attending a regular AA meeting, meeting with their mentor for coffee, or serving as a peer mentor to help others seeking freedom from addiction. For partners in life and recovery, Millie Jones, 39, and Bryan Maasch, 39, it looks like a long hike in…

Jake and Teresa Engebretsen

Addiction affects everyone in the orbit of a loved one battling the disease. And miraculously, so does recovery. Jake and his close-knit family were faced with the terrifying reality of addiction not long ago. His mother, Teresa, remembers knowing there were problems, but not knowing her son’s problems were rooted in a drug addiction. It…

Myron Richard

Arriving in Raleigh on a Greyhound bus with only eight dollars, two pairs of clothing, and two sandwiches, Myron shares, “I didn’t have any hope. I had to borrow hope from someone who believed that if I was willing to take this step [and come to Healing Transitions], my life would be changed forever.”  …