Foundry director speaks on heroin addiction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Many people are reeling from the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death over the weekend.

It’s believed that he died of a drug overdose.

But perhaps the most shocking part of the news of his death is the fact the Oscar-winning actor was clean and sober for more than 22 years.

Jacky Gan is the Men’s Program Director at The Foundry. Gan overcame an addiction to heroin.

For anyone watching addiction from the sidelines, it’s hard to understand the draw and the pull of substance.

The instant allure is present in an addict’s life until that desire is replaced with another desire – to build a better life than the one they’re living.

“There’s a lot of things out there that people find themselves addicted to, but when you find a substance that chemically alters the brain the way heroin does and makes you feel physically good, it gives you a sense of completion and wholeness,” Gan said.”You’re basically playing God in terms of how you feel every day, so it’s like if  you get up and have a bad day you can go do a little bit of heroin and you’re having a good day.”

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