The opioid crisis: Part 3 — A purpose in life | FACES OF POLICY

Jay Armstrong: I go to the psych ward. They were like,
“Mr. Armstrong, you’ve been here a ton of times. What could you possibly say to us
to make us think you’re serious about staying clean this time?” And I was like,
“I’m not here to detox. I have a plan to step in front of a train.” Justin Ponton: Well I found
myself at the Huntington City Mission, homeless, on parole, completely addicted
to heroin. Kelvin Young: I have a daughter. You know, she seen me under the influence of heroin at a
public event and how I was so out of my mind that I’d even actually urinate on myself.
My daughter seen that. Justin Ponton: I went to my parole officer and I cried
to her and I told her, “I don’t have anyone left at all.” She said, “You got me
JP,” and she reached across the table and she gave me a fist bump. All that
mattered was I at least I have one person, and that gave me some hope. Kelvin Young: It really
took me going to prison for the fourth time to really do the inner work I needed to do, you know,
to find freedom. I’ll never forget laying on a bunk bed and saying to myself, “I needed to make some changes in my life.” Sally Satel: Recovery from addiction takes place in
basically two phases. The first phase entails what I call stabilizing a
patient. This often, but not always, involves medication. So the first step of
recovery is stabilization. At least the person is standing still, working on
getting the rest of his or her life in order. But then you have to draw the lens
out further. So you’ve got someone who’s stable, they’re certainly not in
withdrawal, but their life isn’t really much better, and they don’t see much of a
future for themselves, and someone like that is at risk for relapsing. Kelvin Young: So I took advantage of every single
program available while I was in prison. That really helped me to deal with a lot of my
raw, human emotion that I suppressed with alcohol and other drugs, and do the
inner work I needed to do in order to heal. Matt Peterson: Once I got out, started working, met a great girl. I was a cook at a really nice seafood restaurant. Jay Armstrong: I’ve been doing stand-up for
just over eight years now. I got into a kind of on a whim. I’ve
always wanted to do it. Justin Ponton: After I got myself together and I got sober, I developed and created a sober-living program. Jay Armstrong: The thing about medically-assisted
treatment is that there are some people that that is as good as it’s gonna get
for them. I don’t see it helping the epidemic because these doctors that
prescribe it that’s their go-to now. There’s no, “Hey, can we try to get this
person, you know, regular treatment first?” Justin Ponton: Fortunately, the route that I was
given an opportunity to take did not involve replacing one substance with
another. I don’t want to just be clean and sober. To me, that’s… that’s not
recovery. Kelvin Young: One program that helped me the most was a drug treatment program within
the prison. So after I finished the program, they hired me to be a peer
mentor and helping other inmates that was incarcerated with me to deal with
their recovery, and it gave me a sense of purpose. Sally Satel: A very important part of
treatment and rehabilitation is getting a person back to work. Work is so
important as therapy. It provides a sense of purpose. It keeps people busy. Matt Peterson: Well, I’m a full-time father. I work
full-time as a peer recovery specialist. Kelvin Young: Today I’m a certified addiction recovery
coach. Justin Ponton: My life is entirely all about family and work. Jay Armstrong: You know, everyone expected me to die a junkie’s death. But today I’m a productive
member of society. I’m a father, and I do my best to try to lead those kids down a
way to where they know that they can talk about anything that’s going on with

12 thoughts on “The opioid crisis: Part 3 — A purpose in life | FACES OF POLICY

  1. At the time of this: I'm the only person to officially dislike this video. Part 1 and 2 were good but you fell apart half way through part 3. WTF?

  2. THE world is fucked up …. all the white man bad all the capitalism in the world all THE Socialism in the world will not save you from pain death or suffering…

  3. OxyContin created a lot of addicts by saying it was non-addictive and pressured doctors to prescribe them like crazy. Then doctors cut ppl off and a lot of ppl turned to heroin.

  4. Great that US Congress passed laws to ensure massive amounts of opiods at cheap prices. Socio-economic genocide at its best.

  5. the only solution to an addiction is when the addict admits he is an addict and that he needs help. They keep blaming doctors and others, that way there will never be a way out.

  6. Wasn't to much about chronic pain & how devastating this is on our lives . I'm sorry for anyone that has addiction but at least they can get clean & and live a good life . chronic pain patients on the other hand are being left to suffer , many left bed bound & unable to care for themselves anymore more less their families . Many are committing suicide . Chronic pain can impact every aspect of your life . I can't say I have much of a life anymore , I have an existence in my own little hell !

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