SCURRY, Texas – The world of opioid addiction, the way it takes people and the destruction it causes is one for some World that is foreign to them but is all too familiar to others.
"When I was 19 I first became acquainted with opioids," said Andrew Rogers.
Rogers is one of an estimated 1.7 million people in the US who are addicted to opioids.
“I started with painkillers that were easily available for heroin. The pain pills have actually become heavier and more expensive, so it is only cheaper and easier to get heroin, "added Rogers," from then on it was ready. “
Before he got used to heroin, Rogers had a bright future ahead of him with a full-time college scholarship on a pre-med route. Instead, he has spent the past nine years in fairly dark places.
"It made me do things that I never thought I would do," said Rogers. "I overdosed twice. I had friends who died of it. I actually had to hold one of my friends while he died."
Like so many addicts, Rogers tried to stop. He has been to rehab 18 times in total and has detoxified himself. At the end of September he treated himself again in the tree house, a recovery center.
"We treat the whole person," said Dr. Ted Bender, the CEO of The Treehouse. “They should learn to think more rationally and deal with stress and emotions. Teach them how to have fun and enjoy life again and become part of a community. “
For almost a decade, Bender has been trying to help as many people as Andrew Rogers.
“We lose about a football stadium with people every year because of this epidemic. You know what would have an immediate impact – substantial federal funding, ”said Bender.
“Recovery in itself is not the difficult part. The hard part is getting the help you need, ”said Rogers.
When asked what motivates him this time to stay clean and win in this fight against his addiction, Rogers says it is his 4-year-old daughter and family.