"I can't just take one drink…I drink and before I know it, I gotta have another one and another one and another one."
"When I first got busted, I was 105 pounds…It slowly kills you."
"I mean, I've been drinking since I was little -- 10, 11…I don't want to do it no more. I've wasted so much time."
Time on the streets - where drugs prey on the lonely and where alcohol reins. Where a desire to live is trumped by finding that quick fix. And where shadows of their demons - rise as the sun sets.
Leaving the hopeless to wonder - will they survive the night?
"I mean, I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't. Of course, I was scared."
Not far from the 24-hour liquor stores and free casino booze, a handful of men find refuge at The Salvation Army. Best known for taking in all your old goods, but this faith-based mission here goes beyond recycling donations.
"We recycle lives."
Lives - of all ages, races, income and religions. These are the faces of addiction. A disease that does not discriminate. Yet one that often seems impossible to beat.
"The odds are terrible.
“Is it discouraging for you?”
“If you get one - we won, didn't we?"
Steve Charter is the director of rehabilitation services through The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center. The six-month work-therapy program provides things like counseling, spiritual care and anger management and drug classes for men who've lost the ability to cope and provide for themselves. All while putting a roof over their heads, shoes on their feet and free food to eat.
"We have alcoholics, drug addicts, people who've been in prison for 25-years or a lot of their life in prison. They don't know how to live life,” says Charter.
Much less live sober. While some succeed, others struggle with sobriety as you're about to see for yourself.
We followed three men - Chris, Mike and Pat - through this program.
We lost one...another made it through... and the third is still fighting for a new life.
All different walks - but asking the same question: how do you conquer addiction?
Is it grit? Good genes? Motivation?
Experts want to know, too.
"It's very difficult for us to predict who's gonna get it and who's gonna fail."
But their findings do show one in five men will battle drug or alcohol abuse at some point in life.
And for these men... It's now.
"Why am I doing this? I need to understand why I'm doing it. That's the hard thing. You can't do it by yourself,” says Hart.
And they're not alone.
We will travel with them down this Road 2 Recovery as they work to turn their lives around in search of hope on the horizon.
Coming up tomorrow, we'll dive into the lives of Chris, Mike and Pat. You might be surprised to learn when they started drinking and how one's age can play a huge role in addiction.