Mike is a native of Birmingham. He started experimenting with drugs and alcohol as an early teenager. Mike’s life quickly began to spiral out of control. After several failed attempts through 30-day inpatient treatment centers, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army. At the time, Mike thought a more disciplined lifestyle and a change of location would fix his problem. Upon enlisting in the Army, Mike’s addiction only manifested from drug use to more Alcohol use. After his service, Mike found himself deep in the grips of the Heroin Epidemic. He began a long run of emotional turmoil and chaos that had his life and the lives of his family in a complete state of hopelessness. After years of Faith based homeless shelters, treatment centers, and jails, Mike finally ended up at The Reprieve. There he was introduced to the 12 Steps of Recovery and a new way of life. After graduating and staying connected with the Reprieve, he returned to work as a Program Specialist in the 12 Step Immersion portion of the program.