Kyle first tried OxyContin at a young age. What began as experimentation, soon led to serious addiction throughout his teenage years. While prescription opioids remained the bedrock of his addiction, it also expanded to include Adderall, cocaine and eventually heroin.
As Kyle’s addiction grew, he would go further and further to get high. Kyle knew one way to satisfy his addiction was with a prescription for opioid painkillers from a doctor, leading Kyle to self harm. One day after school in the garage, he grabbed a hammer from the tool box and repeatedly smashed his hand until he knew it was broken.
Kyle went to treatment several times, but with the help of his family he persevered and is currently in recovery.
Every day, more than 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses. Thankfully, Kyle avoided that fate. Now four years into his recovery, Kyle has remained active in a 12-step fellowship and insists that addiction can consume anyone. He shares his story with us to show people struggling with addiction that there is a way out.