This is a very important and informative article from our friends at WMTW ABC 8 out of Portland. Andrew Kiezulas, a University of Southern Maine student, is a brave person to tell his story in hopes of helping others.
When people share their experience, it humanizes addiction. The problem is a very real one.
The number of Mainers receiving substance abuse services and help went from 21,413 in 2013 to 36,178 in 2014. That’s a 59-percent increase in just a year.
It’s going to take people like Andrew to get the help, have the strength and tell the story that recovery is possible. You can see a better day.
Andrew Kiezulas, 34, said his battle with substance abuse disorder began early: At 5 or 6 years old, he was taking shots of alcohol.
“This is adult stuff,” Kiezulas said he thought as a child. “This is what the cool older people do. I feel a little grown up.”
As Kiezulas grew up, so did his addiction.
“I did well in school. I was to be a two-sport collegiate athlete and wound up an IV drug user,” he said. “The story is a lot more frequent than people think.”
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