If you're addicted to drugs, it can seem like there's no way out. Fortunately, a good drug addiction treatment program can make all the difference in your life or in the life of someone you love. Here are three stories of hope and inspiration about people who overcame addiction.
The Story Of Eddie Freas
Eddie Freas is not a known celebrity. He's neidoing drugs and drinking alcohol when he was 13. By his senior year of high school, the addiction had already taken a toll. He had been kicked off the wrestling and football teams. Then years later, in 2007, his whole life changed.
He turned on the TV and saw a story on ESPN about a former drug addict that ran triathlons. With a little help from a drug treatment program, Eddie decided to change. Instead of focusing on drugs, he now focused on fitness. He wanted to be able to run triathlons. To do that, he needed to be at his physical peak, which meant drugs were out. He soon competed in his first triathlon and now helps teens focus on fitness instead of drugs.
The Story Of Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton is major league baseball player, but he wasn't always. Once, he was an addict with an addiction so serious it almost ended his life. In 1999, he was the first pick for the Devil Rays. By 2001, he was on the verge of throwing it all away. He was actually the first prospect to be banned from baseball for a full three seasons. He was living with his grandmother at the time when she told him to straighten up or get out. That forced him to seek help. Through a combination of addiction treatment and spiritual counseling, Josh Hamilton was finally able to kick his addiction and return to baseball.
The Story Of Robert Downey Jr
Of course what would an article about addiction treatment be, if one of the most famous names in Hollywood that made a comeback wasn't mentioned -- Robert Downey Jr. It's no surprise that this once famous actor, turned to drugs to deal with his problems and high-pressured life. After all, his father too was an addict. From the time he was small, Downey had been surrounded by the drug user lifestyle. Downey's career took off in the mid 80s and that's when he increased his usage.
Soon, he was getting into legal trouble because of his drug use. His unreliability, and wild antics made him a bad risk for any studio, so they stopped hiring him. In 2001, he managed to kick his lifelong drug addiction. Soon after, he came out with the movie "Tropic Thunder," which put him back in demand.
If you have an addiction, it can seem like it's going to ruin your life. If it goes untreated, it will. But you too can get your life back with specific programs that can help you reclaim your life once and for all.