AN INSPIRING TALE OF DRUG ADDICTION AND REHAB SUCCESS
Drug addiction is a problem that affects millions of people, many of them very young people. One individual affected by this epidemic was Greyson R., a North Carolina native. This young man is just 20 years old but has experienced a lifetime of drug addiction that he finally conquered after a visit to Pillars Recovery.
Now, Greyson is dedicated to becoming a psychiatrist working with substance abuse victims, like those he met at Pillars, and helping others down the steep road of recovery. His story is a remarkable example of the reality of drug addiction happening across the nation every day. Thankfully, his once-tragic tale has a happy ending that deftly showcases the power of the rehab process.
What was your family situation like growing up? In what kind of family were you raised?
I was raised in a good family, but every family has its flaws. My mom raised me after dad left us when I was around 13. I don’t remember much, but we got kicked out of our house and living conditions became a huge struggle. Mom always called me a latchkey kid because I had a key to the house, and I was always in and out.
What was your school experience like growing up?
I’m going to be brutally honest with you: it was bad. Throughout that time, I was so messed up on the inside. Everybody knew that I had an anger problem, and by the time I was in middle school, I was full-grown and six foot two. So, I was big and that helped me get respect from other people. But what I really wanted was someone to be there for me. I can’t say I ever had that.
When were you introduced to alcohol/drugs?
I tried out beer and alcohol fairly young but didn’t like either. Then, at a young age I got my wisdom teeth pulled and the doctors prescribed me Oxycodone. When I took the pill that day, the effects were huge. I felt energized. I felt my mind open up. I thought “this is what life should be like”.