No matter what type of substance, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year. Addiction is a mental disorder which compels someone to repeatedly use substances or engage in behaviors even though they have harmful consequences.
Hamilton CHN Patient, Ethan, recalls his addiction and how he got help.
“I started using opioids about 10 years ago, with alcohol and a few other things at the time,” Ethan mentioned. “I started drinking around 12, to help deal with everything that was going on at home. Drinking ended up leading to drugs, I had to numb what I was going through at the time.”
At first, Ethan felt good, and then, the drugs were no longer helping. He felt terrible unless he had what he needed. Upon realizing that he was killing himself, he decided to get clean.
“After detox, I knew I needed to get some help,” Ethan recalled.
“I moved to Flint, enrolled in college, and started enjoying life after I got clean. Addiction, whether it’s an opioid, or alcohol, or whatever else you’re going through, you’ll always be trying to do better and you’ll always need to find some help. Hamilton’s been essential in helping me get through my hard times.”
More than 90% of people who have an addiction started to drink alcohol or use drugs before they were 18 years old. If you or someone you know needs help, call Hamilton Community Health Network at 810-406-4246 or click here to learn more how we can help.