Growing Up Chaotic: Heroin Addicts Look Like This

The following post was originally published on the Growing Up Chaotic blog and is shared with permission. For more from Growing Up Chaotic, check out these posts.

Let’s play a quick game. Close your eyes for a second and picture a heroin addict.

What images come to mind?

Did you picture your high school homecoming queen?

Did you see a man in a polished suit with gold cufflinks and a clean shaven face?

Or did you see a droopy eyed, banged up man or woman with greasy hair and a pocked marked face? Did you see someone huddled in the corner of an abandoned, run down house with a dirty needle hanging out of their arm?

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Chances are you didn’t picture a guy like Ryan Hale (Yep, that’s him on the left) – a guy who was once a chubby cheeked, little boy with dimples and a sweet smile. The kind of guy who was a decorated Eagle Scout growing up and raised by a loving family.

Sadly, Ryan became a heroin addict and for six long years his family has struggled right along side him, especially his older brother Rick.

Recently Rick, a singer/songwriter and the frontman of the dynamic AZ valley group Rick Hale and the Nationals, wrote a song and produced a video depicting some of Ryan’s struggles with addiction.

As soon as I saw the video I knew I had to share it with you. Not only is Rick’s song, “Descending” a great tune (I’m listening to it right now) but the video itself will resonate with family members and friends as well. Check it out below. 

Now, I have a huge favor to ask you. If you feel inspired to do so, then please share this video far and wide. Rick’s work has already helped so many and with your help, he can help many, many more. 

Thanks for listening, reading and sharing.

Until Next Tuesday,


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