MOUNT AIRY, Md. – “It was the worst six years of my life…it almost killed me a few times, sent me away from my family multiple times just for rehabs and what not,” said Lucas Miller, 28, of Mount Airy, who overcame addiction.
Lucas says he is lucky to be alive, but he wishes he can say the same about many of his friends, who weren’t as lucky.
“Just since high school, I’ve actually put 15,16,17 friends in the ground…as almost a direct correlation of heroin use, or just a mixture and alcohol and other drugs,” said Lucas.
That’s why he chose recovery over a body bag.
Now that Lucas has been clean for over two year after moving to Denver, Colorado, he wants to inspire others, by letting them know that recovery might not be easy; but it is possible.
“It’s hard. You have to take hard steps to do it, but it’s a lot easier than being addicted. Taking those steps into getting out and away, and taking a step back, and saying okay…something has to change,” added Lucas.
“Lucas is an awesome kid. He is so loving, kind hearted, generous, just a fun guy to be around. Addiction stole all of that from him,” said Lucas’ Mother, Carin Miller.
What Lucas has gone through has inspired his mother Carin, to become the President of the Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates Frederick County Chapter, a group that encourages other families like hers. They offer resources like treatment services, and emotional support.
“I thought I could fix it myself…that just allowed his disease to progress even longer by doing that. That’s why I encourage families to come out and reach out for help early, before the progression of the disease gets too far gone,” said Miller.
“Those steps are worth it, because your family and friends, they may not seem like it at the time, but they still love you. They’re still fighting for you every day,” added Lucas.
To learn more about of the Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates Frederick County Chapter, click the link below: https://www.facebook.com/MDHeroinAwarenessAdvocatesFrederickMDChapter/
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