LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Monticello couple is part of a statewide campaign against the stigma and stereotypes of drug addiction.
The couple is sharing their story of substance abuse and their path to recovery as part of Indiana's "Know the Facts" campaign, which aims to raise awareness that addiction is a disease, it's treatable and recovery is possible.
Lori and Dock Henry are four-and-a-half years clean from drugs like heroin and meth, but they've witnessed close friends and loved ones succumb to drug addiction.
"I remember my sponsor and other predecessors telling me, 'You need to get a black dress because you're going to bury a lot of people that you love and care about,' and it's true," Lori Henry says.
Lori Henry is a case advocate at the YWCA of Greater Lafayette's advocacy center on North Sixth Street. She was also a resident in the building when it was a domestic violence shelter.
She says she's come full circle to escape a life of domestic violence and drug addiction.
"The Lafayette recovery community helped me give myself my life back," she says. "The Lafayette recovery community is thriving. We're recovering out loud. It's happening."
Dock Henry lost custody of his two children while battling addiction for 21 years. He's since regained custody and Lori Henry is working to become their adoptive mother.
"Without her, I couldn't do what I'm doing, and I mean that in everyday living," he says. "I wouldn't be the man I am today nor the father that I am today without her."
Dock Henry says one sentence from his then seven-year-old son during a supervised visit brought him out of the fog of substance abuse.
"He said, 'Dad, I'm done being bad, can I come back home?'" he says. "So it changed my life at that point. So from that point in time, for the first time in my adult life, I cried for someone other than myself, and that's when my path to recovery started."
Dock Henry is now a peer recovery coach for Phoenix Recovery Solution's quick response team, which responds to overdoses and mental health crises in the community.