Mike was lying in the bathtub in a dingy Burlington, VT, motel room, hoping the handful of pain pills he'd taken would kill him. "I'm scared," he told his mom, his voice weak and shaking."I'm scared and I need help."Mike started abusing opioids secretly in high school, after doctors prescribed him painkillers for sports-related surgeries.
And large nonprofits such as Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have evolved to meet the demands of the changing landscape of addiction.
Afterward, he transitioned to a sober living house in Dallas to continue his recovery.
Something changed in Anita, too, during Mike's treatment and in the months and years since.
"I knew I had to stop treating Mike like he was still a little boy," she says.
As Mike entered a new life of sobriety, Anita decided to share her hard-won knowledge with other moms of addicts.
In the fall of 2009, as a sophomore at the University of Vermont, Mike confessed to Anita and his father, Michael, that he was addicted to the drugs.