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Don't Give Up Before the Miracle

Kevin grew up in a fairly typical  suburban household with a sister and two parents. At 12 years old, however, he started smoking pot. Life took a twist when he was 14 years old and broke a bone and was given pain killers.  At age 15, Kevin started buying Percocet and OxyContin from kids at school, and his parents never knew.  One night, his “drug source” ran out of OxyContin, so he offered him something else — heroin.  He didn’t explain to Kevin what it was at first, but just said it was a lot cheaper, $10. That began his battle with heroin. “But once you realize you’re in trouble with it,” said Kevin, “it’s too late.”

Eventually, Kevin was put on Saboxon when he was 17, but that didn’t work out.  Neither did rehab in Florida, and he went back to using. He went back to Connecticut for detox and rehab a few times, and relapse was a continuous cycle. In Maryland, Kevin experienced a bad overdose and a life-altering encounter with LSD, which left him with lingering challenges and difficulties.

Kevin turned a corner when he came to Continuum’s Crisis Recovery Program. He said the program has brought him along farther than he has ever come in the pathway to recovery. His mother agrees and is so grateful to the program. Now, Kevin doesn’t want to return to drugs ever again. Instead, he wants to help others know how dangerous it is to go down the road of drugs.  

Before coming to Continuum, Kevin quit too many times in his life – just short of things getting better. Today, he reminds himself and others, "Don't give up 5 minutes before the miracle."

Won't you give to prevent people like Kevin from giving up? Support Continuum on Giving Tuesday, November 27.

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Continuum of Care, Inc.’s mission is to enable people who are challenged with mental illness, intellectual disability or other disability, and/or addiction, to rebuild a meaningful life and thrive in the community.