Lost Kid, Mad Life: Part 1


In Part 1 of Episode 41, Chris talks about his traumatic and troublesome childhood, leading him to sell drugs to people and having them look up to him as he navigated from group to group. Starting with marijuana and then transitioning to prescription pills, Chris eventually became a heavy pill user who had easy access to it — stealing his mother’s OxyContin.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived addiction to thrive in recovery. In Part 1 of Episode 41, Chris talks about how he was taken from school and put into a foster care home due to his mother not having the capacity to take care of him. Ultimately his grandmother gained custody and shortly after Chris began to run amok, and by the time he was in 9th grade Chris began selling marijuana. At a certain point growing up he felt that going to prison would be a good thing as it could turn him into a man until the idea was shaken out of him by a friend who took Chris under his wing. The two began selling drugs as Chris was able to secure 3,000 pills of Xanax and Valium per week. One morning Chris got a call and found out that his friend had passed away. Even though he found out that his friend had a pre-existing heart condition, Chris still blamed himself. Once he got back to selling drugs again, he also began the cycle of abusing pills which graduated into doing heroin. This cycle would lead to a series of events that would culminate in an unfortunate accident…..

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