Alcoholism and Addiction in Our Community- Part 1 - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

Alcoholism and Addiction in Our Community- Story of a Marine Part 1

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Addiction is a disease that many have felt devastating effects from.

Often times we report the legal troubles that addicts find themselves in.

But this series focuses on the story of a recovered alcoholic and his path to sobriety, as well as resources in our area for people to get the help.

Addiction, we so often see the devastating effects and destruction it can have whether it's drugs, alcohol or other dependencies in our communities.

And its effects can be crippling for both the addict and the family.

Former Marine Trevor Stryker of Grand Island served two tours in Iraq,

Trevor had drank in high school and has alcoholism in his family, it wasn't until his time in the military that he noticed a problem.

Stryker recounts, "In the military you have a very structured life style. And it began to interfere with that. I was trying to find way to get out of going to work so that I could stay in the barracks and drink. I enjoyed my time way from work a lot more when I was going out drinking or going to the bars."

With his military career coming to a close, drinking and drinking to an excess were becoming his main focus.

But things were different when he returned.

And it would take some time before he would realize that drinking had become his crutch instead of dealing with reality.

"The lives of my family and friends had changed and I felt like I came home in the exact same spot where I left. So it was an adjustment that took me a long time to adjust to. And drinking I thought at the time helped me with that. I utilized my drinking as a coping mechanism on what I missed out on, or what I felt I missed out on," he said.

Trevor says his drinking became more frequent and out of control, forcing many of his close childhood friends to pull back, and for Trevor to seek out new drinking companions.

"I found new friends at the bar that now I look back and they weren't really friends," he said.

And it wouldn't be long before legal matters became an issue that even he couldn't ignore.

"I slowly began to see the downward spiral with all of that and the legal stuff coming into play," said Trevor.

Reporters Note: Tomorrow on NTV News at Noon, Trevor will share what final incident brought him to look for help, his road to recovery and the challenges that living a sober life can bring.

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