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In memory of John Henry Watkins

Created by Roz, Johnny And Lee Lee Watkins

John Henry Watkins

Henry was a wonderful son, brother and friend. He 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 Henry’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 couldn’t go back to school because he needed help. Henry went back and forth from addiction treatment 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.

Henry Watkins memorial

A week before Henry’s death, we found out that his grandmother, whom he was very close with, had passed away. At the time Henry 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 – 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. 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 Partnership to hear about Henry’s fight, its impact on us and the reality of addiction.

This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

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1. Megan Fritz
Henry sounds like a wonderful person and I know he will be missed dearly! I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story and the interview with us!