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Fly high big brother

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Fly high big brother

My brother, Cory, was & is a great person. Beautiful smile, huge heart, very intelligent. Unfortently, last Saturday (April 6th 2013), Cory passed away from a drug overdose. He was only 31 years old, he had so many years left to his life, so many more people to meet, so many more memories to make. He struggled for years with a heroin addiction, since he was 18. There were times that he would be clean for a year at a time & when he was clean he was the Cory everyone wanted to know & be around. Heroin created a monster that not only hurt himself but hurt the people that cared & loved him. I don't want anyone to remember the monster drugs created but the man he was when he was clean.

While Cory was clean he found God and went to church a couple days a week, he has taken me to his church before when he knew I needed God in my life. His smile would light up a room when he entered it, his laugh was just so amazing. He's a beautiful person. Everyone that knew him wanted him to realize his potential, he could have held the world in the palm of his hands with no problem. I always think about why he didn't realize it & why he wouldn't help himself. But I've come to realize that he DID want to help himself but the little demon (drugs) kept telling him that he needed them & he was nothing. That's not fair but it's the price every addict has to pay.

When Cory's roommate found him he had already been dead for hours. We were told he fell & hit his head & got knocked out. He started to overdose & sufficated in his own barf. By the?time he found Cory, his body had already started to decay. He has to be cremated. I never get to see his face again, never get to touch him. I think thats the hardest part, it hasn't kicked in yet. The pain is unbearable, it will never get better but i will learn to live with the fact he cant hurt himself and he wont be addicted anymore. God gained an angel & i lost my big brother.

I just want everyone to know that if you are addicted to please get help. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE. I dont care if you think there isnt hope and that its too hard because think how your family would feel if you died. Think about the people that love you and watched you grow up. I love you, yes you. I dont care who you are or what youve done. Please help yourself. There are always people out there that are willing to help you and people that love you. Do it not only for the people that love you, do it for yourself. You deserve it. I hope my brothers story helped someone out there. Rest in peace Cory, fly high. Watch over me, hold my hand, guide me through life and help me make the right decisions. I love you so much. <3

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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1. C Walker
Thank you for sharing. l have been addicted to heroin and methadone since I was 25, I'm now 45 on a reduction prescription from subutex with a view to going to a detox in the next couple of weeks. In that 20 years I lost everything, my partner and two sons, my family's trust, my home, my job and my self respect, but I have never given up hope, which is hard not to. I have come close to it a couple of times, but thinking of my sons and family has given me the strengh to carry on trying. It actually disgusts me to think i've been fighting this drug for so long . I keep asking myself WHY! I've lost everything that ever ment anything to me and yet I'm back going through yet another detox. This time has to be the end, if I have any chance of salvaging some sort of life from what ever time is remaining. I hope my comment gives you a little bit more insight into how some addicts think. R.I.P Cory
2. Harrison
Thank you for sharing... I'm so sorry for you loss...
3. Megan
Thank you. & you are welcome. I want my brother to be remembered in a way to help others.
4. Jane
I am so sorry you lost your brother. Thank you for sharing.