Addiction Campuses’ Director of Public Outreach interviewed live on “Today in Nashville”

What a great opportunity this morning to represent Addiction Campuses with Kelly Sutton and Carole Sullivan on Today In Nashville to share some hope for people and families being ripped apart from addiction. It was comforting having Sarah Turnbaugh Mabry backstage because so many times it didn’t look like we would make it this far. Her strength, dedication to our family and recognizing that people in active addiction are sick and need love and compassion are the main reasons we’ve made it to this point in recovery.

One of the best-written pieces on my story.

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The right rear tire blows out.

The car rolls more than 10 times in seven seconds. In those seven seconds, as he remembers, the scene flashes before his eyes.

Riding down the interstate in an SUV, John Clint Mabry, a senior college student, and his friends are on their way back to Baylor University after spring break. In seven seconds, his life changes.

Seven- the world starts spinning. Six— the metal crashes all around him. Five— part of his right leg flies out the car. Four— he waits for the last second of his life. Three— waiting. Two— still waiting. One— silence.

The car stops rolling. He waits for death, but it doesn’t come.

“Holy crap,” he remembers saying. “Get the heck out.”

He crawls out, goes back and forth to get his friends. Minutes pass, he sits at the side of the road and stares at the view— a torn SUV, a helicopter, ambulances, fire trucks. He sees his right leg damaged, mostly bone and flesh.

“I’m going to lose my leg,” he thought.

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Hospitals pledge to reduce opioid prescriptions to fight addiction

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John Mabry now works for Addiction Campuses, which helps treat people who have an addiction to opioids and other substances.

Prior to his new career he spent years battling addiction that stemmed from a prescription he got after a car accident.

“Taking a prescription to a pharmacy that I got from a doctor for pain killers, it lead to over a decade of substance abuse, alcohol, it lead to extreme turmoil for my personal life and my wife and our children,” Mabry said.

He calls the pilot program in Colorado a step in the right direction, but there is a lot of work still to do.

“But now you have people who are already addicted or who are newly addicted who are going to go to less conventional means to get the drugs,” Mabry said.

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