LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A recovering methamphetamine addict says a recent East Texas drug raid illustrates how the problem of drug abuse is as prevalent as it's ever been.
The seizure earlier this week of guns and drugs at two East Texas locations come as no surprise to recovering meth-addict Christopher Rodden of Longview.
"It's really bad. More prevalent in the big cities than it is here. It's been one drug to alcohol to another drug," he says.
A Marine Corps veteran, Rodden became entrapped in the drug world doing meth, eventually moving to a dangerous new addiction: Straight shooting
"It's the most addictive, it's readily available, it's cheap. I started out smoking it, then snorting it. Then went to intravenous use. Very dangerous very powerful. You become completely powerless to this drug," Rodden says.
More than 50 recovering addicts from various drugs are in the Highway 80 Rescue Mission recovery program.
"Whatever the case may be. Alcohol, drug addiction, or maybe a family issue, it gives them a chance to reflect on what caused them to be in this
predicament," says mission Manager Cedric Snyder.
"Hard to get away from, very hard. It took me to my knees," Rodden says.
Rodden recovered at the mission and says more people will need a place like it to regain their lives.
"I'm putting God first in my life. Trying to rebuild what I messed up. It's so easy to go back to drugs, you have to really want to be free from
this addiction," Rodden says.
Rodden now works at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission as a staff member.