You've certainly heard talk about the increase in drug overdose deaths, and that goes hand in hand with an increase in prescription drug use. But what is it like to survive addiction?
"I just had nothing left, I was completely addicted, my life revolved around pills," said 23-year-old Ian Giddings. He is from Spokane, WA, but if you ask him, he'll say his last known address was somewhere near rock bottom.
"Dropped out of school, came home, started working at a pizza place, lost that job, started selling oxycodone," Giddings said.
So Giddings came to faith-based Teen Challenge Men's Center in Phoenix, where he shares a room with five other guys, does chores, and has a 6 a.m. wake-up call.
"Read my Bible, pray, whatever, and Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I'll run after that, then I go to breakfast, then chores," Giddings said.
And that's just before lunch.
"Those of us that have become addicted to drugs and alcohol, we need structure in our life," said director Jim Moyer. He is personally invested in their rehabilitation program, after losing his son to addiction in 2005.
"Instead of hiding my head in the sand, I decided to engage," he said. He added that nowadays people are turning to pills because they're easy to get and easy to use. But he said it's only a matter of time before users go to cheaper, more dangerous drugs - and headfirst into a downward spiral.
But the folks at Teen Challenge said there is light at the end of the tunnel, and five months into the program, even Giddings would have to agree.
"I don't want to leave, I might even hang around and do an internship here," he said.
Teen Challenge is holding a fundraiser the weekend of March 16. For more information, visit: http://www.azteenchallenge.org/.
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