This morning, The Today Show featured our client Emily who bravely shared the story of her addiction to prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed in recent years and unfortunately, Emily’s story is not unique. After undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous mass in her chest, she became addicted to the medications prescribed to ease her pain. She was a college student and competitive athlete, but over the next five years, drugs led her down a destructive path. “I’ve lost everything,” she says. “Something that started with a prescription led me to places I never thought I would go.”
Today, she’s getting her life back on track at our Phoenix House Long Island City Center. Now 25, she will resume her studies next month and plans to pursue a career in human services. “Life without these drugs is amazing,” she says.
We are proud of Emily’s determination to overcome addiction and her courage in sharing her recovery story. Watch the video below to learn more about Emily’s journey.