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6 Inspiring Stories of Recovery from Heroin Addiction

Hear inspiring stories of people overcoming their dependence on heroin and pain killers.

Meagan's story

“I woke up one morning and I just said, ‘This is enough. If I'm going to do drugs, I'm going to lose my baby girl.’ I went to my parents, and I had told them that I needed help. And that’s when we started seeking information about the treatment center. I met a counselor, and she changed my whole life.”

Joe’s story

“I'm a husband to my wife, a father to my children, a son to my mother ... I'm all of the above, and I'm happy. That's the best part about [recovery]. I don't wake up sick, and I'm happy.”

Sam’s story

“I had this dream — this experience, I like to call it. I saw the most beautiful place I'd ever seen in my entire life   and I heard: ‘You're in the right place. You're doing the right thing.’ And I woke up with a smile on my face and goose bumps all over my body. And I didn't want to get high anymore. I didn't want to make my mom cry anymore. I didn't ever want to have to look into my little sister's eyes  and see the pain and anguish of watching me kill myself slowly through drugs and alcohol.”

Bianka’s story

“I want to be able to wake up and not have to chase the high. I want to be able to wake up and hug my mom, and hug my little brother, and hug  my dad. And be an aunt to my niece and a sister to my sister. I just wanted my family back.”

Jay’s story

“I’ve been struggling with [addiction] for a long time. I had to find some type of  a meaning and purpose in my life … . I had to have some hope or faith in something else … I told myself I was willing to do anything to be sober. I've been sober for a year and 10 months ... Extremely grateful.”

Shanna’s story

“The amount of letters that I got from my sisters while I was in treatment … kept me going. Every day, I would wake up, I’d say, ‘I want to get the hell out of here. I don’t want to stay here. I’ve got to go.’ But those letters really saved my life.”