Missouri Recovery Network celebrating former addicts
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Recovery Network will give former substance abuse addicts a chance be celebrated Wednesday morning.
MRN hosts its Recovery Advocacy Day at the state capitol. The day is dedicated to sharing and celebrating stories of recovery.
"Recovery is contagious, and we hope that people catch it," said Brenda Schell, the Executive Director of MRN.
David Stoeker is one of those eager to share his story.
"I've literally died 8 times," Stoeker said.
Stoeker a former addict, now nine years in recovery, has been revived 3 times by Narcan after multiple opioid overdoses.
"The first time I used it made me numb, and I really liked being numb and not thinking about the abuse," Stoeker said.
Stoeker said he started his addiction around 7th grade. That addiction would cause his heart to stop on multiple occasions due to three overdoses, alcohol poisoning and committing suicide. After all of it, Stoeker decided to begin his recovery journey.
Another piece to the event will be held at the state capitol. Those who attend will have the chance to sit down with their state legislators and talk about solutions to the ongoing opioid epidemic.
"We want to make sure there is a name and a face at the capitol, showing that people can and do recover," Schell said.
The Recovery Advocacy Day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.