Read Topher's Story

Read Topher's Story

I grew up on a hippie commune surrounded by substance abuse. I experienced childhood neglect and trauma, leaving me with a variety of survivor behaviors, including intense anxiety and hyper-vigilance. I left home at 16 and managed to go to college. But drug addiction took hold in my twenties, leading to a vicious cycle of suicide attempts, hospitalizations, treatment and relapse.

A pivotal decision followed by intensive treatment, 12-Step programs and therapy put me on path to recovery. Today, I have a great job, a husband, a home and a loving community of friends. Life is “full and has meaning.” And despite plenty of chaos and stress, i have “the tools to live happily and work through the challenges as they come.”

Here is a link to a story on our local news about my story:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/a-survivor-s-story-topher-jerome-is-now-a-peer-bridger-a-counselor-for-mental-health/487565027