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Drugs have played a role in Cory Price’s life for as long as he can remember.
Marijuana, at age 16, opened the door to alcohol use and abusing prescription medication. Eventually it led to a 10-year heroin addiction. He’s been clean since June 29.
But this isn’t his first time trying. Price, 27, said his longest time clean was a day short of a year in 2015: “I decided I should celebrate. I got alcohol and ended up using heroin again,” Price said.
His heroin addiction, he explained, has led him into many run-ins with the law, most of which stemmed from drug charges, landing him 18 months behind bars.
‘I accepted my life’
Finally sick and tired of all the turmoil his drug use caused - including stints of homelessness - he decided to retry rehab in June.
“I accepted my life becomes unmanageable instantly whenever I put a substance in my body,” Price said.
The difference, he said, entering treatment this time was he didn’t plan to use illegal drugs after he completed detox, whereas in the past he still expected to be able to use periodically without slipping back.
In June, Price completed four days in the inpatient program at the Withdrawal Management Center in Harrington.
The program is for a maximum of five days. Price said his stay was limited since his insurance only covered four days.
A divine moment
After detox, Price said, he felt a gamut of emotions.
One of those feelings was humility, since he had to move back in with his mom for three weeks until a bed opened up at the Sober Living transitional house in Harrington.
Price said he and his mother have had a rocky relationship because he’s stolen money from her in the past, a trait common among addicts in need of feeding their habit.
“For the first week or two we kind of argued,” he said. “I’d say I wanted to go hang out with somebody and she’d be like, ‘No. If you do that, don’t come back.’ So I sucked it up and did what I had to do, because I knew that was best for me.’”
He had a lot of think about at his mom’s house.
“I’m 27 and I don’t have [anything]. I’m starting over once again,” Price said. “I’ve put everyone through this numerous times. So what are they really thinking? Like am I ready to get it this time?’”
That final week with his mom, Price heard from God.
“I was sitting there talking to God and my eyes were closed,” said Price, who’s Christian. “He’s got a plan for me, but I have to give him my will and not continue to take it back.”
Since then, Price said he hasn’t had the desire to do illegal drugs - though he smokes cigarettes.
Things with him and his mom improved that final week.
“We were getting along perfectly. It was more like a mother-son relationship and not like a burden,” he said.
‘Put the effort in’
Price has completed a month in Sober Living, with plans to stay there another six to eight months. He’s also working full-time at the Milford clam processing company Sea Watch.
Sober Living house manager Andrew Schmidt said Price has been thriving.
“He’s working. He’s saving money. He’s doing great here, and he’s trying to work for Connections soon,” said Schmidt, a former addict who’s been Price’s friend for 10 years.
Schmidt said each addict’s definition of rock bottom is different. And while some situations look hopeless, it’s still possible they can get clean.
Price is living proof.
“Some people are OK with being homeless, sleeping in abandoned houses and being arrested 20 times. He was one of those people,” Schmidt said. “I’ve seen Cory struggle a lot. It is nice to see him want better for himself and put the effort in.”
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