Chris Howard knows first-hand the wake of destruction that individuals and families experience as a result of addiction and mental health disorders. A Los Angeles native, Chris grew up in a home with a schizoaffective mother and experienced the hardships and challenges that come with caring for someone in a fragile mental state. Consequently, he was in-and-out of the foster care system and became extremely self-reliant early on in life. As a young man, Chris turned to drugs and alcohol to help escape his troubles in life. After more than a decade of struggling with addiction and mental health issues, Chris finally made a decision to change the course of his life in 2009.