How I Survived an Opioid Addiction

Playing Man Who Lost His Legs to Heroin Walks Again

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The Doctors have met many brave individuals in our investigation of America's devastating opioid crisis. In our "United States of Addiction" series, they have shared how their dependency on highly addictive pain medications has wreaked havoc on their lives, the lives of their loved one, and also how they managed to break the addiction cycle and begin recovery.

One of the most incredible transformations we saw was Matthew, who first came to The Doctors after losing both his legs to his struggle with heroin. After overcoming his heroin addiction, he developed a dependency on painkillers. When he returned for the second time, he was in recovery and amazingly walked out on to our stage. Matthew's team of doctors and professionals credit much of his success to transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments, which they say helped treated his depression, urges to use drugs and his phantom limb pain.


When The Doctors investigated whether pain pills were being prescribed even when they were not necessary, we met Mackenzie, who claimed she was prescribed an unnecessary and highly addictive pain medication, which she said destroyed her life. Hear more about her harrowing story. 


In order to get a first-hand look at the opioid crisis, The Doctors went to ground-zero of the opioid crisis, Dayton, Ohio. We spoke to many people who shared their stories of battling addiction and how they managed to survive.



Alexis Haines, who has appeared on The Doctors multiple times, is an example that an opioid addiction can affect anyone, even celebrities. The reality star opened up about her abuse of painkillers, heroin and how she was able to get sober.


If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.