Fmr. addict becomes advocate for those fighting drug abuse after losing mother

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 23:28:38-04

A mother and son both battling a dangerous addiction, for one of them it came to a tragic end.

Andre Johnson of Detroit lost his mother, Sandra Johnson, to an opioid overdose.

She struggled with addiction following several auto accidents that lead her to the prescribed medication. Miss Johnson took the pills to help with chronic pain.

However, become hooked on the Vicodin she consumed.

Andre saw the drug change his mother into a different person. She deteriorated right before his eyes.

Andre was no stranger to that journey of self-destruction, he also found himself in the throes of addiction.

Andre abused crack-cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. He sold the same drugs he was using and found himself on the wrong side of the law.

His ending is a happy one. Andre got his GED, earned his bachelor and masters degrees.

Andre is now the President and CEI of the Detroit Recovery Project. The organization’s goal is to give all those suffering with addiction, the help and hope they can hold onto in this mission of toward sobriety.

“Call the Detroit Recovery Project, and get a recovery coach, someone who has been on that road. Somebody who can share their personal experience, strengths, hopes, triumphs and help you with that journey because recovery is a journey, it’s not a destination,” says Johnson.

If you or someone you know is battling addiction of any kind, reach out to the Detroit Recovery Project.