Daniel attests to having lived the perfect childhood within a loving family on the Key Peninsula. The “world was his oyster”, and his life was full of possibilities until the fateful day he was injured in a motorcycle crash, after which he was prescribed Percocet, followed by OxyContin. Around 2008 his life spiraled out of control; admittedly, his brain changed when he learned he could make money on drugs as he transitioned to heroin which was cheap in comparison to the prescription opioids. He made poor choices to hang out in wretched conditions with criminals. In a relatively short period of time, he had been arrested 33 times, served 18 months in prison, and had been through two cycles of inpatient substance use disorder treatment. He was continually “on the run” and had lost visitation rights with his young daughter.
He admits to feeling trapped by the heroin demon and had lost a lot of loving relationships; guilt and shame were his constant companions, but so was the burning desire to get rid of the addiction with no solution in sight. Lack of treatment options in his community on the Key Peninsula presented barriers to securing the treatment model that would accommodate his disease. Fast forward to 2017: Daniel won AND his community won! He has new friends, a solid support network, a family that loves him, a steady job, and he now spends his free time leading others who have lost their way to recovery and he is dedicated to making Hope Recovery Center a reality!