Taylor Smith fell in love with opioids at age 12.
He remembers suffering a knee injury from playing football and vividly recalls the feeling his first hydrocodone prescription gave him. He craved more.
The next 10 years of his life became nothing short of a nightmare.
After three overdoses, 16 failed rehab programs and a handful of jail visits, Smith became addicted to prescription opiates, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. He was sleeping in an abandoned house in Anderson, stealing anything he could to get his hands on to sell for drugs. He wanted to die.
It took his mother breaking down in tears after spotting him on the side of an Anderson street for him to realize how far he had sunk.
April 9, 2017. That day marked the first day of his sobriety.