"I grew up in the suburbs of Indiana. I attended private schools and overall had an amazing childhood. I started experimenting with drugs at 15 years old and by age 18, I tried heroin for the first time."
Michael's substance misuse resulted in multiple overdoses and run-ins in with the law. Today, he's in recovery focusing on rebuilding relationships with his family and being a positive influence for his son.
I chose the wrong path with drugs and alcohol and now that I am in recovery I have to deal with the choices that I made while using everyday for the rest of my life. I destroyed my family, friends and my life. I have been in jail many times, had thousands of dollars in fines, inpatient rehab, car crashes and watched my friends die. If only I had chosen not to take the first drink or drug, my life would be totally different. My advice is not to let other people make choices for you. Life is so much better without drugs and alcohol.
I used to picture an addict as someone under a bridge with a needle in his arm. The end of addiction might look that way, but it sure doesn’t begin like that. I never pictured myself as a drug addict until I became one as a teenager.
Cassie was an honor roll student who was active in sports and volunteered at an after school program at her school. Her parents never suspected drug use until she suffered a heart attack from meth use.
Adam Moser was popular, adventurous, athletic, a college grad, a top fisherman and a World War II history buff who fluently spoke French. In 2015, he died at age 27 after overdosing on the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl.
Connor Eckhardt was your typical California teen who enjoyed surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. But July 11, 2014 was not your typical day and was the worst day imaginable for Connor and his family. On that day, Connor inhaled one hit, just one hit, of a synthetic drug known as Spice or K2, and slipped into a coma and never woke up again. Connor was just 19 years old at the time of his death.
Laura was an active church youth group member, a star varsity soccer player, and kind to many people. However, a prescription painkiller to treat a sports injury eventually led to her heroin addiction, and ultimately, an overdose on morphine, cocaine and alcohol.
Ian began abusing opioid-based prescription drugs in high school and switched to black-tar heroin because it was cheaper and easier to obtain. After the first time he tried it, he couldn't stop. He went in and out of rehab and tried desperately to become clean, but he eventually overdosed.
Montana and his brothers thought they would have some fun trying LSD for the first time while their parents were out of town. Instead, the freshman football player took a deadly, clandestinely-made synthetic version that killed him.
David was looking forward to the summer. He found a job, earning money to buy a car and trying to win back some of his parents’ trust. But his continued desire to get high was very powerful, more powerful than anyone knew, even himself.