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.
The journey was long and painful. But finally, my son JP made his homecoming—after years of addiction that tested our family.
I broke my ankle a few weeks ago, and now I know firsthand: no matter how informed you are about addiction, it can still be nearly impossible to get health professionals to listen.