So many people are struggling with drug addiction. But they are not the only ones suffering. Their loved ones suffer as well. At the same time, the negative effects of drug impact the society as it could lead to different crimes and other negative things. But life does not end here. There is always hope for everyone, even for those who have been dependent on drugs.

battle with opiodsHere is a story of a changed man, someone who has been addicted to drugs and is now leading a good life. For many struggling with addiction, it can feel like there’s no way out. But as we continue our series on the opioid crisis, we hear one man’s story on how he beat his dependence. Now he uses his experience to save others. Sean Gorda is a case manager at Lane County’s Methadone Clinic in Eugene, helping people with addictions on the path to sobriety. It’s a struggle he can relate to.

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At 14, he had a major surgery, and when he received morphine to deal with the pain, it changed his life forever.

“It was like a light came on in my brain,” said Gorda. “And it was like this sort of makes me feel okay”

Sean developed an addiction to painkillers, taking everything from hydrocodone to fentanyl, and eventually heroin. He says his life became a struggle against withdrawal.

“It’s kind of like the worst flu you had in your life,” he said. “And knowing that 20, 20 bucks, 50 bucks is going to fix it.”

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