He cycled through 42 treatment programs for his opioid addiction, which began with a prescription after a surgery. His life was saved with emergency doses of naloxone on several occasions.
But Mark survived it all. And now, he’s living a healthy life filled with love. He's deeply involved in the recovery community, hosting support meetings in his neighborhood that draw close to 100 people every week. They run a food pantry, do outreach services, and support others who are dealing with addiction, just like they have.
Mark is living proof: Recovery is possible for everyone. Watch the video below to hear more about Mark's story.
Early in the morning of October 14, I laced up my running sneakers and headed into Manhattan with my family and friends for an event that I’ll never forget.
To those who knew my brother, to those who have lost a loved one, and to those in recovery themselves, I hope you can empathize with my key learnings.