Episode 117 | David Hernandez

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In this episode, we dive into the life of David Hernandez, musician and Top 12 Finalist of Season 7 of American Idol. We take a deeper look into his musical journey before and after Idol and history of being in the spotlight before coming out. He also shares his story of struggles and road to recovery from addiction.

Host, Patrick Custer and David Hernandez discuss the intricacies of addiction and recovery, offering a beacon of hope for those who may be navigating similar paths. Discover the resilience and determination that have propelled David towards a brighter future, showcasing the strength of the human spirit even in the face of adversity.

In this episode of Rooted Recovery Stories, special guest David Hernandez opens up about his journey in both the music industry and his personal life. David shares the profound impact abuse and addiction have had on his life, discussing his battles with drug and alcohol addiction to shed light on the realities and struggles that come with substance abuse. He sheds light on the ever-evolving perceptions surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community and of breaking barriers and empowering others to embrace their true selves. He shares the pivotal role that therapy has played in his journey, illuminating the transformative power of seeking professional help and finding solace in the support of others.

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