Recovering from opioid addiction: ‘I had to get help or I was going to die’

In recent years this newspaper has done posthumous profiles of many people whose lives were snuffed out by their addictions and the ever-more-potent drugs easily available on Ohio’s streets. We’ve reported on the government efforts to curb the climbing death toll and the cost to our communities.

But we heard you, our readers, when you said you want to see the other side of this epidemic — the stories of people who have overcome repeated setbacks and struggle before finally finding hope and recovery.

We’ve profiled such people from across the Miami Valley and will bring you their stories this Sunday and Monday in the Dayton Daily News and online at You’ll get to hear their stories in their own words through video testimonials.

We’ll also answer questions from our readers about the opioid epidemic, and have information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one, plus how to aid the organizations that are making a difference in the recovery community.

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