Martin* had a tough start in life. He was raised alone by his grandmother. Despite growing up in poverty without good role models, he was extremely athletic and excelled in sports. So as a young man, he tried out for the Cincinnati Reds. He was so good, that they invited him to come back. But he and his wife had just had a child and he decided to settle into a steady government job driving a truck instead. Money was tight.
Young and naïve, Martin deluded himself into thinking he could win a jackpot by gambling. Instead, he ended up deeply in debt, and exposed to the dark world of alcohol and drug addiction.
From time to time, Martin tried to get clean by starting a new life in a new career. As a barber, he found out that a haircut was just the right amount of time for an occasional drug deal. No matter what he did, his money went to drugs and he eventually lost everything.
“Life became a spiral down,” said Martin.