Nico Morales was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was an athlete, opiate user, alcohol drinker and now is an author, graduate, and business owner. Nico grew up with both parents in a middle-class household. Nico had adverse childhood experiences that he repressed, this mental unrest led to an exploration of substances, eventually propelling him into opiate use disorder. By twenty-two, Nico was living out of his truck and spent most of his time finding odd, sometimes illegal ways to make money to support his drug habit. After seeing others close to him pass from overdoses and recounting the times he came near death he recognized there was a reason he was still living. He put down the needle and unfortunately he picked up a bottle. The cycle of addiction repeated itself and because of the to the extent of Nico’s over drinking he found himself staying in a building with only electricity. After exploring different counseling techniques that were not successful Nico turned to an alternative method for care. He now uses his lived experience to share topics and tools that he picked up through trial and error. Nico opened No Halo LLC in 2019 a brand for personal and professional development, has published a book, and loves green chile. Thank you for listening as he shares a story of hope.