Tom's drug addiction story: video
Transcript - Tom's Story
Tom's mom: He was an excellent kid. He didn't do much wrong. He was a quiet kid, he was a happy kid.
Tom's mom: I just didn't think that it would be a possibility.
Tom's mom: He would come home and have a few bites to eat for dinner and then retreat to his room.
Tom's mom: Didn't put two and two together at all but I still knew something wasn't right.
Tom: I had bad asthma when I was younger, like severe. When I was 16 years old, I was walking home from school and I collapsed on the ground. It was a lung collapse. I was on a strong painkiller in the hospital. I took them as the doctor recommended. I got a taste for it. One and a half years later I took my first prescription drug that I wasn't supposed to take, cost me eight years of my life.
Tom: The addiction, it literally takes over your life and you don't think about anything else. You cannot function in the morning, you're constantly getting sick, it's just, it's a bad feeling, it's a hangover times five.
Tom: And meanwhile your family's losing respect for you. I hid it from my mom, I hid it from my family. I could not let them know that I was dying inside.
Tom: I took advantage of my mom. She saved up $3000 dollars for college for me and I took it and I spent it on drugs, every cent. I'll never forgive myself for that, ever, ever, ever.
Tom: A lot of the people that I knew had a severe, severe addiction problem and I saw where my life was gonna be in three years and I could not let that happen, I couldn't do it.
Tom: I researched addiction treatment and that was literally what saved my life.
Tom's mom: One of the big things I think that helped him was that he could talk to me, cause he didn't have to hide it anymore.
Tom: Good things on the horizon. I got a great girlfriend, she supports me, she's by my side every day. And look at me, I'm actually starting a business now. I build and design remote control airplanes and helicopters.
Tom's mom: He's a very bright man. I think he would like to go to engineer school and I'd like to help him with that.
Tom: To this day I never forget what I put her through. My mom thought I was a great kid, she really did, and look what happened to me. She's forgiven me, she you know, respects that I'm trying to help myself. She supports me all the way.
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