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Teen Challenge Graduate

If I didn’t drink, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin

“Teen Challenge was the beginning of a new journey of hope, healing and recovery.”

— Billy Mintsopoulos, Teen Challenge Canada Graduate
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Teen Challenge Graduate

If I didn’t drink, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin

“Teen Challenge was the beginning of a new journey of hope, healing and recovery.”

— Billy Mintsopoulos, Teen Challenge Canada Graduate
WATCH VIDEO

Teen Challenge Graduate

If I didn’t drink, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin

“Teen Challenge was the beginning of a new journey of hope, healing and recovery.”

— Billy Mintsopoulos, Teen Challenge Canada Graduate
WATCH VIDEO

Growing up in his parents’ bar and strip club, Billy was surrounded by drinking, drugs, pornography, bikers, dancers and police.

He idolized the regulars who sat around a table drinking, smoking and laughing. “I desperately wanted a seat at that table.” Following his first drink at 16, Billy’s weekends were filled with parties. “I would drink and be the life of the party.” Eventually, he needed to drink daily. He would tell himself, “I need to drink because if I don’t drink I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin.”

If I didn’t drink, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin

Billy progressed from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine and other hard drugs. “Eventually that’s not enough…and then it’s selling your parents’ wedding rings to make sure that you’ve got enough cash to get high that day.” While attending church with his parents one Sunday, the pastor asked how he was doing. Billy admitted, “I’m doing terrible.” That’s when he realized he needed help.

Watch Billy’s story to find out what happened next
Billy's Story

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“Teen Challenge was the beginning of a new journey of hope, healing and recovery.”
“Teen Challenge was the beginning of a new journey of hope, healing and recovery.”
— Billy Mintsopoulos, Teen Challenge Canada Graduate

— Billy Mintsopoulos, Teen Challenge Canada Graduate

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