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Lucas: I knew something was wrong.

Growing up in a small town, Lucas wanted to feel like part of the crowd. He became addicted to prescription opioids and it turned his life upside down. He lost everything. “I had to learn how to live again.” If you need help, call 1-800-920-4343 now. You just might save a life.

After eleven years, and looking back, I don’t know who that kid was. When it came to the prescription painkillers, there was just something different. Nothing could just grip me the way that those pills did. Two in the morning, two at night, and at least stretch this out for a couple weeks and never once did I make it a week. And I knew something was wrong, I just I didn’t know how to change it. I wanted to be done with opiates. It’s not a light switch. You cannot just turn it on or turn it off. Addicts aren’t bad people, they’re a good person who’s on a bad path. If you go to your doctor and talk to them, let them know, you’re addicted or you’re concerned about addiction. Get that process going. The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be.