John Henry Watkins
Henry was a wonderful son, brother and friend. HeÂ was full of life but struggled with addiction. The three of us, his parents and sister, sat down for an interview with the Partnership to share Henryâ€™s story, which you can find in the audio recording below.
Henry knew he needed help. He would say, â€sI just want to be normal.â€t After his freshman year in college, he said he couldnâ€™t go back to school because he needed help. Henry went back and forth from addictionÂ treatmentÂ centers always fighting to try to overcome this disease. It was an emotional roller coaster for our family and we fought the battle alongside with him.
A week before Henryâ€™s death, weÂ found out that his grandmother, whom he was very close with, had passed away. At the time HenryÂ had been in recovery and this news caused him to relapse. He overdosed the night before he was to go back to a sober living home â€“ a combination of Xanax and alcohol.
As a family we now continue his battle through a foundation in his honor, The John Henry Watkins Foundation, Inc.Â Our goal is to support young adults in recovery by raising awareness and educating people on addiction, providing financial support to recovery programs and sober houses and saving others.
Listen to our interview with the PartnershipÂ toÂ hear about Henryâ€™s fight, its impact on us and the reality of addiction.
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