Former Heroin Addict Dives Into How He Overcame His Deadly Habit

By Abdul Rafay in Health and Fitness On 22nd August 2023
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A former heroin addict has shared his story of overcoming addiction and getting his life back on track.

“What people don’t understand about the physical nature of drug addiction is you have to have it. It’s not a mental thing that you want it, you have to have it or you’re sick as a dog,” David said.

David disclosed how he developed an addiction as a result of being sexually abused as a child. “Because I was young and sort of couldn’t put language to what was going on and didn’t understand it, it just sort of spiraled," he said.

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“Which is what sort of spiraled the drug use which ended up pretty much out of control for 10 years.”

David claims that by the time he was 18, he was a full-fledged heroin addict.


“You’re just constantly on the lookout to buy money for drugs, that’s your whole life," he said. “It’s a miserable life. There’s nothing good about it.”

He battled addiction until he was about 24 years old.

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“I just got so sick of being a slave to a clinic and a slave to this and a slave to that, I just wanted my life back," he said.

David recalled telling his friend while seated on the couch that he was resolved to kick his addiction and go on with his life.

“I said ‘You know what I’m going to do, I'm going to train until I’m the strongest bloke on earth," he recalled.

“To turn the addiction around I knew that you can’t just stop doing something, you have to replace it with something that takes an equal amount of time."


“So I swapped one addiction for another and became obsessed with the gym.”

David's decision to start exercising marked a true turning point in his life since it gave him the chance to finally live the life he had always desired and kick his heroin habit.

David recently ran into the same person with whom he had discussed overcoming his issue while sitting on the couch.

“He hadn’t seen me in years and I saw him in Woolies a couple of years ago and he came past and said you weren't kidding were you," he said.

“I actually started playing football again to the point where I went and coached for five years.”

David won four grand championships during his tenure as a coach, including one in which his team went unbeaten.


Even though David was able to kick his heroin habit, he still has a lot of challenges.

“I’m not going to say it was easy," he said.

In addition, he admitted that "there's just that constant thing of anxiety always hanging over me" and that he still has trouble falling asleep at night.

However, David has found success by treating himself as a friend would.

“I’m not trying to bag myself or put myself down, I’m trying to come up with positive ways to work through certain things," he explained.

“Life does get better, you just gotta hang in there.”