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David’s Stories

These drugs don’t discriminate.


After 13 surgeries in 18 years, David became addicted to opioids. He lost his family, job, friends—everything. Treatment changed his life—gave him hope. If you need help, don’t wait. You just might save a life. Call 1-800-920-4343 now.

I was always working. I was a high-functioning addict. And people didn’t know. My own family didn’t know.

I had 13 surgeries in 18 years and every surgery you’re given opiates for pain.

These drugs don’t discriminate. It doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make, because once they get their hooks in you, you have got the fight of your life. I lost everything—family, job, friends. I had nothing. Lived in my truck. Something had to change.

And finally I it did. When I went to rehab I realized that I have an addiction. I have a disease. There may not be a cure, but there is a treatment. There’s hope, there’s strength, there’s courage. All you gotta do is step up and grab it.

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