"To Hell and Back"

 "To Hell and Back" is an autobiography of Dale Ray Smith's life story.  An epic tale of one man's struggle to overcome crack cocaine addiction, a life of crime, and living on the streets. The truth about his situation and the stories he tells practically any reader can relate to.

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      Beside trying to help other's through his written word, Dale Ray Smith has dedicated his life to helping others over come and is one of the founding members and Director of the Non-Profit Organization Gaining Ground based out of Houston Texas.    

Gaining Ground needs your support!!!  If you are interested in supporting Gaining Ground in their mission feel free to Contact the Gaining Ground Staff or by using the Donation Application at the bottom of this page.   

     Those who donate $10.00 or more will recieve a printed and bound copy of Dale Ray Smith's autobiography, a personal letter from Dale thanking you for your support, and your email address will be added to the Organization's mailing list. Thank you for your interest and Support of Gaining Ground and the Staff.

 

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Straight From The Source

THE TOLL OF DRUG ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS

I want to write about a subject that’s close to my heart. I have a daughter that suffers from mental illness her diagnosis is Paranoid Schizophrenia along with a drug addiction to Crack Cocaine. Due to her dual diagnosis it has made it extremely hard to reach her.

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BULLYING
 
 I can remember coming up in San Francisco, California, my younger siblings and I had to walk to school, it was at least 2 miles from our house.It was a group of guys always standing in our way as we trotted along they always stop us and took our lunch money.
They slapped me and my brothers and said you better not tell anybody.
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RESPECTING WOMEN         

I’ve seen so many men out there who have no respect for women, much less for their own wife or girlfriend. I have issues with this especially because I watched my step father beat my mother everyday hitting her even with belts and extension cords. 

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GAINING GROUND THEORY OF ADDICTION
 
Gaining Ground believes that addiction is related to a number of factors that are influenced by psychological, environmental and social factors.  Gaining Ground organization and director, Dale Ray Smith's philosophy is based on the theory that numerous internal and external factors may prompt addiction.
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