Presentation: Herbert Stepherson
Author of “Junkbox Diaries”
When: Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where: Hammond Campus, Student Union & Library, Alumni Hall
Herbert Stepherson will be signing copies of his book after his presentation, which will also be followed by the PNW Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Ethics Poster Presentations at 6:45 P.M. These presentations by graduate students from the Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs represent their projects for their course finals.
About Herbert Stepherson
Herb Stepherson was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. He is the middle child of three boys. He is thirty-one years old and spent his youth like most young boys in central Georgia, riding bikes and playing sports- baseball in particular.
His family relocated to Northwest Indiana in 1997, when he was twelve years old. He attended Valparaiso High School until 2002, and since then, has been involved in the fight for his life.
The Fight for His Life
From Herbert’s first encounter with drugs in the form of alcohol at the age of fifteen, he quickly progressed to prescription pain medication and ultimately cocaine and heroin.
Homeless, eating food out of dumpsters, and strung out in some of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago, in the dead of winter, Herb slept in abandon buildings, airport terminals, and under bridges clinging to two basic needs: more heroin and to be numb. All the while trying his best to keep hope alive that maybe one day he would finally be able to conquer this demon of addiction and recover.
The Bitterest End and Redemption
Jails, institutions, and death. Herb experienced them all. He’s been to the bitterest of ends, and reached a point in his life where suicide became the only real option for relief against this thing called addiction.
But, God intervened and delivered Herb from the death grip that his self-inflicted death sentence had on him.
His book “Junkbox Diaries – A day in the life of a heroin addict” is a stark, dark, and gripping account of what life is really like for the addict trapped in active drug use.
Today, Herb celebrates life as a young man in recovery! He is an intervention coordinator, a budding young writer, a loving and active father to his five-year-old son, Lucas, and speaks on behalf of numerous agencies in his community hoping to shed some light on the true battles with heroin addiction. He lives in Valparaiso , Indiana.