Beating Opioid Addiction | Joy’s Story

>>The first time I tried heroin, not only did I like it, I loved it. It just gave me a sense of peace that I didn’t have to
worry about stuff anymore. I just wanted to be free of worrying about stuff all the time. You know, I was a correctional officer at the Maryland Pent and that’s
where my disease started. It’s a stressful place and a lot of the correctional officers there used. I wasn’t even thinking at all. I had to use because I gotta to go work and I realized that I was sick. My mother was an open person
so she told the family, you know, “Joy is sick, so
we have to support her.” Now I realize the stress I put them under, for them to see me that way. But, when you’re caught up in the disease, you can’t see nothing but your pain. I didn’t want anybody to look down on me. I didn’t want to disgrace my
family so I just faked it. I figured as long as I looked good, and I went to work everyday, and I wasn’t, or so I thought, I wasn’t hurting anybody. That’s what I thought. The people I admire the
most and still do today is my mother and my grandmother. You know, my grandmother was
the wisest person I ever met. My mother was the strongest
person I ever met. I was raised with my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother. I got to run from person to person, getting love and everybody
telling me I’m wonderful. We lived around a lot of
woods and unexplored areas. I loved running in the woods
and finding new things to do. I had a German Shepherd, she used to come in the woods with me, I felt safe because she wasn’t gonna
let anything happen to me. I was lost in the disease of
active addiction for 30 years. I saw me, it broke my heart, I saw me and it was the most traumatic thing that I’ve ever seen in my life and
I cried out to God, please. So my cry led me to a phone call and my life just started
changing drastically.>>We work really hard
to take away aspects of addiction that
prevent proper treatments so we work really hard to take away shame. We often fail to realize
how much social circumstance impacts how people take care of themselves or how they address their health care. So it’s putting together a team of people who have insight into the fact that when we take care of patients, we have to address all aspects and especially, their social setting.>>Now I’m a peer recovery
coach at Hopkins Bayview. So I see people sick just like I remember, when sometimes, most of the
time, their pain fills the room. I talk to them, I inspire them, you know and try to encourage and let them know where I come from, let
them know it’s possible. And the young people, I
try to let them know that, you don’t have to waste 30 years. You can do it now.>>A peer recovery coach can see someone in the emergency room
and then if that person gets admitted to the hospital, the same peer recovery
coach goes up to see them wherever they are and this fear, anxiety of being in the hospital
and all of a sudden, there’s a familiar face of someone who I met in the emergency room, of someone who knows about my addiction and is non-judgemental and understanding.>>I say I’m free all
the time from the disease of addiction because I’m free to choose. I didn’t have a choice when I was using. And I’m free to make my dreams come true. See, I’m truly free today. I’m free to love because now,
I’m learning how to do it ’cause I didn’t know how to before. So, I mean… The sky is the limit, the sky and beyond. (inspirational music)

100 thoughts on “Beating Opioid Addiction | Joy’s Story

  1. What about Xanax.. getting seizures 2-3 days after I don’t take. Once my heart stopped from a seizure and it’s the scariest thing I don’t even like them I get them prescribed for my panic attacks and now 4 years later I don’t get panic attacks but if I don’t take the Xanax I start imagining things I thinking suicide thoughts and then my body shuts down not to mention every minute feels like an hour it’s the scariest thing in my life yet and I’ve been through some fucked up shit. Smh I don’t know if there’s a way out of this one I had a opiate addiction before and I made it but Xanax is a whole other thing that I might mentally hang in there but my body won’t

  2. Man I’m just 17 and I’m addicted to Xanax pills I owe people money I rob people just to feed my addiction I wanna stop but it something that stops me

  3. You hit it right on the head. My friend had some similar things to say on my channel when I had him on.


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  9. My friend Joy☺☺☺ I love u so much and I miss u. I was just thinking about u the other day and here u are in a youtube video clean and sober helping others to be clean and sober. We were in the same recovery house together and u truely inspired me to stay clean. God put his hands on the both of us and brought us out of that dark place and into the light to become productive members of society. Im so proud of u and me. Love u joy. Im 11 years clean and definitely plan to stay that way for the rest of my natural born life

  10. I’ve been two days clean from a syrup addiction..ran across this video and it helps. I’m just tryna be the man I know my mama raised to be 😭🤦🏾‍♂️

  11. I have been doing heroine for 2 years just free from heroine a month by taking buprenorphine to stay away from physicaly hurt but now I feel so lonely depressed and looking for happiness which I couldn't get deep down I know I m not this kind of man was a happy and always smiling one but now heroine has totally wreck my life I have a girlfriend I want to give her happy life all I m suffering this hard time is for my family and my loved

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  13. I like her!!! She's very inspiring ☺
    Congrats on your recovery 👍 God bless you! You've come a long way girl ☺☺👍👍👋👋👋👋👋

  14. I praise God that she was able to be set free from her addiction & to be able to share it. Unfortunately you wish your story could save everyone but life doesn't play out like that. Everything in life is a process no matter what addiction we have. Nothing happens overnight as I wish it did but we must hold on!! If not we will miss out on the plan that we couldn't see that we felt that would never come to pass what God has for us to be a overcomer!

  15. Lets praise the people who are smart enough never to start heroin. Everyone who does this drug knows what it will do to them before they even start. So why feel sorry for them

  16. I’m in such a down place in my life. I’m clean from pills but I’m afraid I’m going to start going to other “drugs” like alcohol and such.. this inspired me so much. And to anyone else struggling, I truly have so much love for you. Don’t give up.

  17. What about fentanyl for terminally ill cancer patients? Addiction isn't a disease it's a choice! I didn't choose to get uterine cancer. I used oxycodone and morphine when I needed them.


  19. Love to u its living in hell i chant for help biy love usomg i cant stand withdrawals im on methadone but addicted to both smd this heroin has fentanyl too😭😭

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  21. My brother is 40 and my sister 38. Both are addicted to drugs like crack, heroin and meth. I wish they could come out of that addiction but it doesn't look like there's any hope of that happening. I live in a small little tiny reservation and our local band council is not doing anything about this epidemic that's poisoning the people. I personally think my sister is gonna be the first to go and my brother the second because they both don't listen to me or my mother.

  22. God bless. I'm struggling right now with my addiction. It's the worst ever. I'm afraid of withdrawal. I only lasted 2 days and went back. I'm hiding this too so it's just so hard, I feel like I have 2 lives I am living and neither one is a good one. God help me, please pray for me.

  23. You are an awesome lady! Wishing you the Father Almighty's love, peace, and blessings throughout your life.❤😊🙏

  24. This video is so powerful…I grew up in a world of alcoholics…is there anybody on here that can help shed some light on is there a lot of difference as a child growing up with parents addicted to opioids compared to alcohol? I know its such a hard question, but any feedback would be great to hear.

  25. I'm addicted, somebody please help and I can't tell anyone, I need some home remedies. All my monthly salary goes to heroine. Suicide is for the weak.

  26. Opiates ABSOLUTELY give me that sense of peace. I'm about to go into treatment for the first time after 10 years of using. I don't know what to do. I've honestly never been so afraid of losing that sense of security.

  27. Anyone that ever argues this is a choice versus a disease, I cannot say this loud enough, No one ever wakes up and says, "This is a great thing to get addicted to today" it doesnt happen like that.
    Yes it may be a bad choice in the moment but the brain is wired so differently in those prone to opiate addiction . I speak from experience a 300mg a day oxy tolerance and by the grace of God I should not be here. I was lucky to one day in withdrawal make a call to a withdrawal doctor to get off the merry go round. You can come back.

  28. I don't know how to get clean because I've never really tried. Is detox going to be as absolutely terrible as I think it will be? And rehab is that going to be just as terrible? I want to know what I'm in for…

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  31. Loads of people desperately making up stories of addiction begging for attention 😫 I don't no how many times I've seen it be described as "warm hug" how original.

  32. i was addicted to heroin for 15 years , 7 was introvienous use…i didnt ever think i could come off it….the hardest thing ive ever had to do in my life.

  33. I can believe you did this your so brave

    Nobody can do this basically
    Everyone should try this
    Everyone should look up to you
    Damn this is cool

    Wow nice job take hold of you life
    Even drugs have weaknesses
    Excellent job mate
    Damn good job

  34. My life is just like hers the exact same i wanna stop herion i want a better life i need help people i promise i do and want it i want out with this devil drug and have more in life

  35. My husband is addicted to meth his been doing cristal every day it hurts to see how he is killing himself and I dont know what to do to help him out please if you are reading this I need help to save my husband life I'm really desperate.

  36. Saying …. I will quit from tomorrow and you are the same tomorrow. The hard part is you know your sick, weak and you need to do it.

  37. Hi ms joy hiwood..I'm just tired..what should I do..I'm just take 1 inch of straw tube this I'm still good but stressed bout trump,Mr Benjamin,and all other people..I'm trying my best..

  38. My heart goes out BUT JESUS CHRIST WHY FUCKING TRY IT? Believe me I was raised FUCKED UP .But I would NEVER try this Devil just once! God Bless you and if you need relief as all of us humans do….Smoke Weed!

  39. I’m now 5 months sober from heroin. I didn’t go to rehab.. I got clean cold turkey. I never thought I’d become a drug addict. Even when I was using I didn’t like hearing drug addict. I only used 4 months but during that time I lost so much. I ruined my credit score, I got so far in debit and my boyfriend is facing charges cause the drugs. I dealt with DHS and almost lost my kid. During that time and getting clean I felt so alone. I still to this day I feel so alone because I don’t know anyone that did it too. I deal with addiction everyday. I’m having to go through surgeries but just be in pain so I won’t relapse. I live in fear of relapsing and being normal now.

  40. i dont think some people realize how serious addiction is. this drug is so horrible. ask anyone deep into heroin they will tell you its the worst. its sad to watch a person you love turn into someone you dont know.

  41. People that have never had opiate withdraws have no clue how much it hurts and how sick you get…and sick means sick…it feels like you habe the flu and your body hurts like hell…so if you have never felt it you have no right to say just stop doing it…or just quit….it isnt that easy

  42. I've done it all. Steal, cheat, lie. I smoked crack, shot meth and heroin, pills, anything. But my main DOC is crack and meth. I'm trying to find a new way of life through AA.

  43. When I was 19 I started drinking and doing drugs, I lived with my family in a nice house and had a mustang now I'm 27 live in a garage and lost my car and my family they come to see me occasionally, In the crave of looking for the next high I never really noticed I had lost it all till now, I am trying to recover they always tell us in school no to do drugs and I never listened can't believe I was this stupid.

  44. I wonder if joy ever seen anything unexplainable in the woods near her home? Fantastic lady and thank you joy for your story . Lots of love from South London England

  45. I keep getting heart pumps please tell me if I'm detoxing cos I'm only smoking one or two now till tomorrow

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