‘I don’t want to do any of this anymore’

Matt Evans shares his journey from addiction to living a life in recovery

Matt Evans’ parent’s unexpected divorce was the catalyst for 15 years of substance abuse. He went from being the son who attended church every Sunday with his parents and had dinner with them every night to an unsupervised 13-year-old who started drinking and quickly turned to drug use.

“I found myself in situations where my friends’ parents weren’t around. I’m not sure why I did it. I started drinking. I snorted my first Xanax and my first Vicodin when I was 13,” he recalls. For many years Evans did a good job of hiding his drug misuse from his family and friends, until he began stealing to buy drugs and lying to cover up his addiction.

After 15 years of substance misuse and many nights sleeping on a cold cemetery bench in the middle of winter, it took jail to make Evans realize this was not the life he wanted. It was the recovery community in Northeast Pennsylvania who helped show him the way out.

Learn more about Matt Evans’ inspiring journey from substance use disorder to being a homeowner, having a successful career and a supportive girlfriend. Watch his compelling story.