“It was 1991, when I heard about AIDS. I assumed it was only affecting gay men so I figured I wasn’t at risk. I had no idea that using an old needle I found under a bed would change my life forever.  I thought I was invincible… until I wasn’t.  After countless failures trying to get sober, I felt hopeless.  That’s when my cousin brought me to Nashville CARES.

They helped change my life. They basically told me, ‘either you want help… or you don’t.’  That’s when I really woke up and realized I can’t do this alone. CARES taught me to stop saying ‘I got this’ and start saying ‘We got this.’.”