Andrew: A CARE Hero among Heros
I was 21 years old, on the cusp of completing my Associates Degree with a good GPA and, by all standards, living the life of a normal 21 year old. I graduated high school on time with good grades and worked for my family’s business.
However, inside I was dying. I was hopelessly addicted to opiates (pain killers). Over time, what started with, what I considered, “less hazardous” prescription painkillers had progressed into daily heroin use. I attended a 5 day detox the previous year. The staff at the treatment center tried to get me to stay longer for the residential program, but after 5 days, I figured I was cured. Shortly after leaving the treatment center, I began smoking marijuana again and drank alcohol occasionally. I figured I could handle these substances because of their social acceptability. However, after a few months, I began using prescription painkillers again and sooner than later, heroin.