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“Using with My Mom & Becoming an Addict at 11 Years Old”. ft. Melissa P. 

“Using with My Mom & Becoming an Addict at 11 Years Old”. ft. Melissa P. 

“Melissa P.’s Journey Through 25 Years of Addiction to Redemption”

In episode 152 of the “Hell Has an Exit” podcast, host Bryan Alzate sits down with  Melissa P., a survivor whose resilience shines through despite enduring 25 years of addiction. Melissa’s journey is a testament to the human spirit’s capacity to overcome immense adversity.


Melissa recounts a difficult childhood marred by dysfunction and instability, where she was raised by her grandparents in a proper household. However, her life took a drastic turn when her mother, entangled in criminal activities, gained custody.


Transitioning to a one-bedroom apartment with her mother exposed Melissa to a stark contrast in lifestyle, where she would be introduced to drugs at the ripe age of 11. Through the  chaos, Melissa found herself battling addiction, enduring a lift altering diagnosis of HIV which she contracted by her sexual abuser, and navigating a turbulent relationship with her mother, who neglected her well-being.


Through sheer determination, Melissa managed to maintain stability in her life, holding down a job as an optician while grappling with addiction. Along her journey, she found solace in newfound spirituality and eventually remarried, finding support and strength in her recovery.


The road to reconciliation with her family, especially her daughter, was fraught with difficulty, yet Melissa’s story is one of resilience and redemption. Despite facing immense challenges, she discovered the inner strength to overcome addiction and rebuild her life.


Join Bryan Alzate and Melissa P. in this powerful episode as Melissa shares her struggles and triumphs, offering profound insights into the transformative power of recovery and resilience. Tune in every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern for more inspiring stories on the “Hell Has an Exit” podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe for weekly episodes filled with hope and courage.

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Hell Has an Exit Podcast is a display of resilience of the human spirit. Our host Bryan Alzate was addicted at the age of 14. Lost and suicidal he found his own exit in hell by getting clean at 17 and involvement in a 12 step program. Since then Bryan has dedicated much of his life helping other addicts find the Exit. On this show Bryan interviews individuals who have fought similar battles- emotionally raw, vulnerable and uncut.