STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Opioid Addiction: A battle toward recovery

The latest data on opioid overdoses in Arizona are showing the highest number of deaths in ten years.For many,...

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 6:15 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 6:15 AM

The latest data on opioid overdoses in Arizona are showing the highest number of deaths in ten years.

For many, the toughest decision is to find professional help. Thousands of recovering addicts in Southern Arizona and shares the battle towards recovery.

One of those is Robert Lyles, who remembers the moment he almost lost his life.

"I remember so well, the doctor and the paramedics yelling you're losing him, you're losing him," Lyles narrated. He says it is a moment he will never forget. Being rushed through the double doors at Northwest Hospital, he says, was the day God gave him a second chance to live. "The doctor telling me and I went out, you were really lucky, he said you had 30 days top, 45 you would have been dead for sure," he said.

That was back in 2007, after being involved in a car crash and suffering a neck and foot injury. Lyles says his doctor prescribed Percocet and Ativan to treat the pain, the beginning of the end for him, Lyles stated. That's because one day his daily dose wasn't enough to end the pain.

"I'll take another Percocet, and when I did, I liked the feeling and from that point forward, I started increasing my drug intake," he added.

After that, the rest of the year became a blur, he said. His life began closing down on him, divorcing his wife, and losing communication with his only son. Until a serious conversation with his doctor convinced him to seek professional help: "He told me you need to go back and listen to them and so I did," he explained.

Ever since, Lyler says he has been the best student at Sierra Tucson, where he has been focusing on his recovery, and most importantly staying clean for nearly 10 years.

He also wants to make sure other patients find the courage to recover. He hopes to pass along a very important message, "take care of yourself first and the world around you will change," he said.

West Lafayette
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 83°
Kokomo
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 83°
Rensselaer
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 80°
Fowler
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 81°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 76°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 82°
Delphi
Broken Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 79°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 80°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 81°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51612

Reported Deaths: 2760
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12074693
Lake5650249
Elkhart361860
Allen2952134
St. Joseph214869
Hamilton1708101
Cass16459
Hendricks1466100
Johnson1345118
Porter84038
Tippecanoe7799
Vanderburgh7686
Clark71144
Madison67864
LaPorte62328
Howard60758
Bartholomew60145
Kosciusko5824
Marshall5579
Noble52028
Boone49144
LaGrange48610
Jackson4783
Delaware47552
Hancock46836
Shelby45925
Floyd41444
Monroe34828
Morgan34531
Grant32226
Dubois3096
Montgomery29820
Henry29618
Clinton2903
White27610
Dearborn26523
Warrick26129
Vigo2588
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Harrison21822
Greene19632
Miami1942
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1659
Wayne1586
Daviess15117
Perry14910
Steuben1382
Orange13723
Jasper1362
Ripley1347
Franklin1288
Gibson1242
Wabash1163
Carroll1142
Starke1083
Whitley1076
Fayette1067
Newton10110
Huntington942
Jefferson872
Wells821
Randolph804
Fulton731
Jay720
Knox710
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush623
Posey610
Spencer571
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain362
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike120
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events