Recovering addict shares story of opioid dependency after injury

Recovering addict shares story of opioid dependency after injury


REPORT.>>APPARENTLY I WAS REALLY GOOD BECAUSE I HAVE THREE PEOPLE AND I STILL HAVE THE BALL REPORTER: THERE WAS A TIME ALICIA SHERMAN COULDN’T BRING HERSELF TO LOOK AT THESE PICTURES.>>I WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE PLACE WHERE I BELONGED. REPORTER: SHE FOUND THAT. IN YOUTH SOCCER. AT 13, DURING A GAME SHE FELL AND LANDED ON HER RIGHT LEG, >>MY KNEE POPPED. SO I WAS THIRTEEN, I WAS PLAYING NORDIC AND I JUST KNEW SOMETHING WAS REALLY BAD REPORTER: SHE TORE ONE LIGAMENT AND BADLY STRAINED ANOTHER. AFTER SURGERY, SHE WAS PRESCRIBED PERCECET FOR THE PAIN. MORE PILLS TWO YEARS LATER FOR ANOTHER MAJOR INJURY BUT THIS TIME THE MEDICATION CONSUMED HER >>I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING WAS SELF DESTRUCTIVE AND I KNEW TH WHAT I WAS DOING WAS NOT OK. REPORTER: BY EIGHTEEN SHE TURNED TO HEROIN, CHEMICALLY SIMILAR TO THOSE PAIN KILLERS >>BY THAT TIME ANY SORT OF MORALS, OR RULES OR LINES IN THE SAND YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF, YOU START CROSSING REHAB PROGRAMS AND DETOXES OVER THE YEARS BEFORE GETTING CLEAN AT 29. NOW AT 33, SHE’S ENGAGED, HAS A CAREER AND COMING OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, SHE HAS A MESSAGE FOR ADDICTS WHO ARE STILL USING.>>I’M LIVING A LIFE BEYOND M WILDEST DREAMS. IF IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME, IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE. YOU GOTTA PUT IN WORK REPORTER: A SUCCESS STORY SHE HOPES CAN BE DUPLICATED TO HELP OTHERS BREAK THEIR STATE OF ADDICTION. IN BURLINGTON RACHEL KARCZ, NBC5

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