PHOENIX - Dr. Brenda Combs isn't shy about sharing her story.
"I was a homeless drug addict," she said.
It's been a long road for Combs. Fifteen years ago she was living on the streets, fighting to survive.
"By the time I made it to (living under) the 7th Avenue bridge I'd already been shot in a drive-by shooting, I'd been stabbed, burned with cigarettes, hit by a car, overdosed," she said.
Combs said her problems all started with drugs.
"I started by smoking marijuana. That eventually led to cocaine and eventually to crack and heroin," she said.
She isn't bragging, she's sharing her story as a warning.
"It was all brought on because I was a drug addict," Combs said.
"It's a community problem. Drugs are absolutely everywhere," Stephanie Siete with Community Bridges Inc. said.
Siete works to bring drug awareness to the Valley, because for most, crack cocaine isn't the problem.
"It's alcohol, it's medicine, it's cough syrup and cold medicine. It's absolutely everywhere," Siete said.
Siete and Combs will both be at the Art of Recovery Expo Saturday.
For more information, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.
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