At the age of fifteen Steve Hamilton already had a criminal record for possession of an illegal substance. From there, his life spiraled deeper into the drug underworld of South Africa. It took eleven institutions and three times pronounced clinically dead before he took his first real steps back into normal society. He was a founding member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa and has since counseled addicts in rehab clinics. He also lectures before school groups and other organizations about the dangers of experimenting with drugs.