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I remember the Toilet Paper Shortage of 1974

I remember the Toilet Paper Shortage of 1974

If you would rather listen to this blog post, check out our Real Help for Real Living podcast. Click here.   I was in high school when the toilet paper shortage of 1974 struck America. We had just gone through the energy shortage in January where there were gas...

Sometimes I feel as if I’m in the movie Groundhog Day

Sometimes I feel as if I’m in the movie Groundhog Day

If you would rather listen to this blog post, check out our Real Help for Real Living podcast. Click here. You’ve probably seen the movie Ground Hog Day.  Bill Murray wakes up and it is Ground Hog Day every morning.  Yes, every morning. My “Groundhog Day” goes to the...

There May Not Be A “Next Time”

There May Not Be A “Next Time”

If you would rather listen to this blog post, check out our Real Help for Real Living podcast. Click here.   I was overdue for vacation.  It had been a busy fall, and the last week in March was the first vacation I would have had since last summer. In November,...

Stories of Hope

Nikki — “God knew that I needed to be here . . .”

Nikki — “God knew that I needed to be here . . .”

Nikki grew up surrounded by addiction and abuse and believed it was just part of life. But after being nearly destroyed by her own addiction, she sought help in changing her life forever . . . “I was at rock bottom, sleeping in the woods,” Nikki says. She wanted to...

Curtis — “Coming here was a Godsend. . .”

Curtis — “Coming here was a Godsend. . .”

When Curtis came through the doors of Charlotte Rescue Mission, he had been robbed and stripped of everything that mattered to him. The thief was addiction, and it crushed all of Curtis’ hopes and dreams—just as it did countless times before. “In one week, I lost...

Angela — “I do have worth; I do have value . . .”

Angela — “I do have worth; I do have value . . .”

After Angela’s husband of more than 30 years passed away from cancer, her pain and grief led her to drugs. Addiction soon took over her life, burning every bridge . . . “I gave addiction my home, my job, and the love and respect of my parents and my children,” Angela...

Anthony — “I was lucky to find Charlotte Rescue Mission. . .”

Anthony — “I was lucky to find Charlotte Rescue Mission. . .”

Anthony’s love of sports and desire to perform better is what first led him to experiment with drugs. But addiction didn’t find a foothold until he was in his thirties. That’s when he was introduced to the hard drugs that would eventually take over his life . . .  “I...