I'm a Fool for Christ

I’m a Fool for Christ

Neil’s Story As told to writer Sarah Hendrix /// You’ve heard of a 12-step program, a 7-step program. Well mine was a 1-step program! I really believe I just touched the hem of His garment and I never looked back. Simple as it sounds, it was not an easy life that brought me to that […]

The Serenity Prayer Helps Me

The Serenity Prayer Helps Me

Denise’s Story As told to Mary Jenkins /// My mother was addicted to Valium. She had a hysterectomy at age 26 and became addicted. She was so sick that we stayed with other family members. I stayed with an aunt, whose husband was an alcoholic and a gambler. There was always fighting going on. My […]

Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

Rex’s Story As told to Missy Reid /// A pill head is someone who is incoherent, has slurred speech and doesn’t function. She pretty much behaves like a drunk. She can’t get up for work and spends her days in bed or on the couch and hides herself away from family and friends. That was […]

Abuse is No Secret

Abuse is No Secret

Susan’s Story As told to Sarah Wilder /// Pharmacy school prepares you for a lot of things, but one thing it doesn’t prepare you for is watching a customer get arrested in your business’s parking lot. And that’s exactly what happened to me one month after receiving my pharmacy license. It all started with a […]

I Stopped the Cycle

I Stopped the Cycle

Rebecca’s Story As told to Victoria Engelhardt /// It had been a perfect date. I was fifteen and barely knew what love was, but I thought I could be falling in it. The laughter and flirtation that filled the dimly lit booth in Dairy Queen had put butterflies in my stomach yet put my mind […]

Love is Greater Than Anger

Love is Greater Than Anger

Debbie’s Story as told to Melinda Hornback No one wakes up and says, “Today I think I will be an addict.” I didn’t choose to be an addict. Sometimes, it feels like it chose me. I have been around people who use pills my whole life. I’ve lived all the fears that come with growing […]

I'm Empowered

I’m Empowered

Edward’s Story As told to Missy Reid /// I signed a Division I football scholarship and later completed Airborne School with the Army. In college, I was a youth minister, student government president, an all-conference defensive end, and I just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. But I don’t have the […]

Our Book is in Production!

We have collected all of the stories we will feature in our upcoming booklet to raise awareness of drug abuse in our community. There will be stories of youth who have seen how drugs can wreck a family. Stories of addicts who were humbled by life changing moments, and as a result able to kick […]

Calling All Writers

Calling All Writers

Drug abuse is a growing problem in our community. And to combat that, Union College has taken on the project of telling the stories of individuals whose lives have been affected by drug abuse. But to tell those stories, we need your help. We’re looking for writers to provide voices to those whose lives have […]

Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to Our Blog

Union College has teamed up with The Facing Project to share the stories of those in Knox County and Barbourville, Kentucky, who have overcome addiction.  Their first person accounts will be written by local writers and told by local storytellers so that we, as an entire community, can begin to Face Drug Awareness. This blog […]