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12 Days of Freedom

Tomorrow. The gift of sharing begins. Interventions On Demand and Addictive Designs have collected 12 stories and experiences on what Freedom means to 12 influential people directly or indirectly in recovery from self or others.

Keep coming back to see what we have in store for you. All to support and raise money for the women and babies at Union Gospel Mission Vancouver - Sanctuary Program learning to recover from addiction.
And of course to support those, perhaps you... trying to grasp Freedom in...


Story 16/25 Survivor: Shannon Tucker

Story 16/25 Survivor: Shannon Tucker

What makes me a survivor ??
From a very young age I learned I needed to be a survivor. At the of age two, I was taken from my family, and placed in the foster care system. I am a survivor of abuse, neglect, and loss of family and identity. I was a teen mom who struggled with poverty, lack of supports, judgments from others, as well I struggled with mental health,...

Story 15/25 Survivor; Autumn Brown-Wells

Story 15/25 Survivor; Autumn Brown-Wells
Where to start and open up about myself, my past and my present journey. I'm afraid it could turn into a very long series of novel books. But I can share a little about my upbringing and recent tragedy of the loss of my brother due to addiction.
I grew up in Nanaimo BC in Harewood to be exact where not too many of us had much of anything. I lived with my mom...

Story 14/25 Survivor: Iesha Murdoch

Story 14/25 Survivor: Iesha Murdoch
By the time I was 18 I was beaten, broken, assaulted, addicted and found the rooms of 12 step meetings. I thought I was a survivor then - until January 4th when I was 21. I was raped in my house by someone I knew. This is when the fight for survival began for me. 
People say I "went crazy", that I stopped taking my medication, that I relapsed and just slashed my...

Story 12/25 Survivor: Donna Tack



Story 12/25 Survivor: Donna Tack
"She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she's won"
I love this quote because I truly believe that being a survivor means taking the broken pieces and making something beautiful out of them. I like to think this is what I've done with my life. Surviving is great, but THRIVING is even better. Taking all that "stuff" and turning...