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At Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) we like to champion the stories of people who have allowed us to be a part of their support team to achieve their behavioral health and/or substance use goals, and champion our team members who have overcome their own struggles and are now giving back to the community.

Have a Story to Share?

If you have a story you would like to share about the help you have received at CMHS, please contact the Director of Development at (816) 836-6760 or via email at Stories can be shared in a manner that protects your anonymity.

Dwain’s Story

I began using at the age of 12. I would sneak into my parents liquor cabinet and sneak a bottle of anything I could. I would meet up with my friends and get loaded off my liquor and their marijuana. This was the beginning and gateway into a deep adventure of heavy drug use, drug…

May 1, 2021
Jessica’s Story

When Enough Is Enough My entire life I lived in the mindset of “I need more” no matter what it was. Shopping, sex, drugs, drinking, drama, food–I lived to always find more. The saying “one is too many and a thousand is never enough” was the way I lived. Drugs were not the problem I…

March 1, 2021
Sarah’s Story

During the last presidential election, I was sitting in the county jail, a convicted felon back again for a probation violation. No idea how many times I’d been arrested at this point, however something was different this time. When I was being handcuffed outside of my apartment in front of my 5-year-old daughter, I thanked…

February 1, 2021
Lauren’s Story

My journey to recovery can be broken up into a two-part series. The first was my addiction to heroin. I was the anomaly—the child who wanted to be a heroin addict. I wanted to look “good” but be “bad”. But it was a long and draining life. I tried so many times to get clean…

December 1, 2020
Jenna’s Story

My journey started 6 years ago when I decided to turn my life around and get clean–June 16, 2014. It’s still a miracle because I can look back and remember when I couldn’t even make it a full day without getting high. This wasn’t how my life was supposed to go.
 I lived in a…

November 1, 2020
Bethanie’s Story

I hate you, yes you. The soulless dead eyed creature staring back at me. You have ruined it all in your pursuit for one more. I hate you for the degradation, the humiliation and the isolation and loneliness you forced up me. You never listened to my screams to stop, you never listened to me…

October 1, 2020

Photo is representative and does not show actual CMHS client

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