Protective factors; my guy had a few of them. A strong sense of family, involvement in the community, and more than anything - sports.
It’s hard to believe that a person driven enough to sign, play - never even redshirt, at a Division 1 NCAA school would ever be susceptible to developing a substance use disorder, let alone that they were a top 150 recruit in the nation…Flown to Columbus on a private plane to visit Ohio State….
Had then recruiting coach of Cincinnati John Harbaugh at the house - TWICE…Offered multiple D1 football scholarships, including OSU…
That persons will power would take over, and they would fall victim to drug addiction. In Michael’s words, “I put myself around a certain crowd everyday and eventually what they were doing - I started doing.”In Ep. 006, Michael - who now has 16 years clean (16 YEARS!) talks about his involvement in athletics through high school and college, his fall into the opioid epidemic, & how he hopes to positively impact his community now that he is involved in a much different lifestyle.
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