Trevor H. moved to Ottawa from Niagara Falls about a year ago looking for a change, but he didn’t bargain on this.

What started out as a desire to have fun developed into an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“After a while, it turned into a habit,” said Trevor, who didn’t want his last name used. “By the end of the summer, it turned into a need.

“I didn’t want to live like that. Being dependent on a chemical was the worst feeling that I ever had in my life. It brought me to a very low place.”

He ended up at the Ottawa Mission two weeks ago, where he is currently living.

“The staff have helped me in ways I didn’t even know I could be helped,” he said.

This year, Trevor is thankful for “supportive family and friends.”

“If I didn’t have them, the drugs would have taken me down,” he said.

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