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Prop 36 has been helping people enter treatment and improve—and even save—their own lives since July 2001. Since then, over 60,000 Californians have completed drug treatment and had a good chance at recovery.

These are the stories of some of those people. If you would like to include your story, let us know by clicking on the "Submit Your Story" link above.

Charles H.

As I embrace this light at the end of the tunnel, and realize it’s not the train coming, my hopes begin to soar. I am so thankful for my new found life, Prop 36 and the people involved that made all the difference in the world.

Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d find myself on a plane to the Capitol rallying for what I believe in. Thanks to myself for graduating, and thanks to so many for bringing me into their lives. A special thanks to Oliver Hamilton for coaxing me along. I’m in it for the long hall, and loving every minute of it.

For two decades after the Vietnam War, Charles struggled with his addiction. Thanks to Prop. 36, he was able to access treatment through the Veterans Administration and then through VVSD, a recovery home for veterans in San Diego. He now lives in San Diego with his fiancée, just bought a new truck and is establishing his own new business. He is also a poet and an active member of the local Prop. 36 Alumni Association. He visits the city’s Prop. 36 court regularly to lend support to current Prop. 36 participants and his poetry is often posted there.

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