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This is a true story based on Jay’s journey through substance use disorder and recovery. To cope with the complex trauma he experienced growing up, Jay began using marijuana, alcohol, and methamphetamine in early adolescence. He first used opioids at age 14 when he injured his eye at school. As a minor, Jay became involved in the criminal justice system and was eventually placed in foster care. During this time, he participated in mandated treatment programs that helped to plant seeds for his later recovery. As an adult, Jay experienced many years of incarceration, unstable housing, and substance use dependency of various kinds. Jay’s path to recovery was shaped by support from his loved ones as well as opportunities to regain independence and dignity through employment and stable housing. For many years, Jay volunteered and worked to support others in recovery. He is now the CEO of a recovery center in Cache Valley and a dedicated community advocate in Utah. Jay hopes his story will give hope and love to anyone who needs it, no matter where they are on the journey.
Utah State University
harm reduction, stigma, comic, opioid use disorder
Hymas, Jay, "Another Chance" (2022). Telling Stories to Reduce Stigma: Comics and Harm Reduction. 2.
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