Aug. 10, 2023 – A former heroin addict has opened up about his struggles with addiction and how he got his life back on track.

“What people don’t understand about the physical nature of a drug addiction is you have to have it. It’s not a mental thing that you want it, you have to have it or you’re sick as a dog,” David said. 

In a recent episode of LADbible Australia’s MY SIDE series, David opened up about how being sexually abused as a child led him to his addiction. y the time he was 18, David says he was a full-blown heroin addict.

“You’re just constantly on the lookout to buy money for drugs, that’s your whole life,” he said. “It’s a miserable life. There’s nothing good about it.”

His addiction lasted until he was around 24.

“I just got so sick of being a slave to a clinic and a slave to this and a slave to that, I just wanted my life back,” he said. 

David remembers sitting on the couch telling his friend that he was determined to break his addiction and move on with his life.

“I said ‘You know what I’m going to do, I’m going to train until I’m the strongest bloke on earth,” he recalled. 

“To turn the addiction around I knew that you can’t just stop doing something, you have to replace it with something that takes an equal amount of time.

“So I swapped one addiction for another and became obsessed with the gym.”