Nick Cialdella doesn’t mince words, doesn’t sugarcoat the past, doesn’t rewrite the narrative.

Seated at a conference table just days into the new year, he talks candidly about his plunge into heroin addiction and the long journey out — to a place where he says he now can help others.

People in the throes of dependency, he said, “Don’t know where to go. Don’t know what to do.”

The Mokena resident, who grew up in Tinley Park, knows how they feel because he lived that desperation.

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