Fort Wayne man shares his journey to recovering from drug addiction
FORT WAYNE, IND. (WPTA21) – The month of August is the month of overdose awareness. With the upcoming Overdose Awareness Day, Fort Wayne executives raised awareness of the growing problem.
ABC21 spoke to Fort Wayne Recovery’s Nate Moellering, who got over drug addiction. He has been sober for four years and the journey has not been the easiest.
He says there are many reasons why he feels like giving back.
“It helps each other out of the goodness of our hearts. I have the feeling that if we can all manage that, then we have the chance to turn things around,” said Möllering.
He told ABC21 that when he was 16, he used prescription opioids to relieve the pain from multiple surgeries he went through after sustaining many injuries while playing football.
But there was a moment, he says, that changed his life forever.
“It was 2017. There was a situation in which I was practically homeless. I overdosed twice in 24 hours, ”said Möllering.
He said he took heroin and fentanyl. When he overdose, he says right after he met with a drug detective to get him the help he needed.
“He connected me to the people I work for today, so the people who own Fort Wayne Recovery are the people who sent me for treatment in 2017.”
Fort Wayne Recovery, along with a few others, hosted “A Day of Hope and Healing.”
Organizers say the problem is mounting in Allen County and they hope to raise awareness and stop the opioid crisis.
“It is not a celebration, as some would say, just awareness, because if this has not yet affected your family, someone in your family has to hear this message,” said JAVA co-founder Theresa Juillerat.
“We have detectives tracking an overdose and trying to connect these people to treatment services, and it has been very successful,” said Kevin Hunter, captain of administrative services for the FWPD.
Saturday afternoon was filled with prayers and personal stories that were exchanged. Moellering says he will always support others who need help because others have helped him.
“There have been many years that I’ve been a taker, not a giver, so now I’m trying to give something back to the community,” he said. “I was part of the problem, now I am” I am ready to be part of the solution. Everyone, no matter what you go through, at some point you can turn your life around if you have the right people around you and you choose to do it. That is why it is so important for me to be part of the solution. ”
Police officers told ABC21 that in 2020 alone, 145 people died of drug overdoses, and more than 12-hundred people took an overdose but did not die. Authorities say both are records.