LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – You could be feeding someone’s drug addiction without knowing it.
A former addict shared his story of addiction to recovery in hopes of saving a generation.
Something as simple as getting your old prescriptions out of your cabinets could help someone struggling. It may not have stopped Todd McGuire on his path to addiction, but he believes it may have helped.
Now a therapist at Birch Tree Community Outreach and Central Arkansas Group Counseling, it was a long road of recovery for McGuire.
“We know the darkness, we know the destruction, we know where it can lead, but we also know the joy, the freedom, the restoration,” said McGuire.
His addiction to prescription pills started when he was a teenager.
I had a family friend who introduced me to prescription pills. It took off from there and I remember falling in love with those pills when she introduced them to me. I remember the weekend,” said McGuire.
McGuire explains that getting his fix was easy because finding prescription drugs was easy. They were in every home.
“It wasn’t like heroin where you had to know people. They were in people’s kitchen, bathroom,” said McGuire.
It wasn’t until his first son was born in 2011 that he decided it was time to start a new chapter, a chapter to recovery. Once clean, he went to graduate school where he received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
“Whether you have a problem or not, there are a lot of people in this world. A lot of them we go to church with, we work with and we have these people in our houses,” McGuire said encouraging people to get rid of old prescriptions.
He believes putting your drugs out of reach and getting rid of prescriptions you don’t need anymore can help someone struggling.
“When you have a bunch of extra pills laying around, they have no purpose except for to introduce somebody like me to that world,” said McGuire.
Arkansas Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have a list of drop off locations here.