2016 was a big year in Tyler’s life. It was a year that initially turned from bad to worse. Tyler had begun hanging out with some new friends, and began abusing drugs, which quickly spun out of control. Marijuana, alcohol, and then prescription medications were soon followed by trouble with law enforcement. 

His grandmother, Teresa, describes this difficult time. “I raised him since he was 6 months old,” she said, “and he had always been a quiet, creative child, and had kept to himself. He suffered from abandonment issues, and I tried my best to be both Grandma and Mom to him. At first, I was glad he had found friends; but soon, they were getting into serious trouble, and it was not good.”

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“I wasn’t doing as I was told,” Tyler adds. “I tried some outpatient programs, but they didn’t work for me. Drugs had become more important to me than family, and pretty soon, my probation officer gave me no choice. It was either a program with the Villa, or jail. I got two weeks notice before I moved in to LIFE House.”
“I wasn’t doing as I was told,” Tyler adds. “I tried some outpatient programs, but they didn’t work for me. Drugs had become more important to me than family, and pretty soon, my probation officer gave me no choice. It was either a program with the Villa, or jail. I got two weeks notice before I moved in to LIFE House.”