Northern Kentucky recovering heroin addict hopes to use his experience to help other addicts

03/27/2017 03:40 PM

BURLINGTON – Northern Kentucky native Josh Cobb began experimenting with drugs when he was 16 years-old going through his family’s medicine cabinet, the drug abuse nearly cost him his life.

Over 10 years, Cobb became addicted to heroin before getting treatment in 2014.

After being clean for 2 years, the 28-year-old overdosed on heroin laced with carfentanyl in September 2016, which left him completely paralyzed from the waist down, and on dialysis for some time before recovering to the point where he had to learn how to walk again.

Cobb says the mental hold that heroin has on users makes it hard to stop.

“Once you experience that sense of euphoria in that sense that life is good, everything’s OK during that period of time, and of course, you come down from that, and reality come back, but that causes you to want to seek it again,” Cobb said. “Over time, I became very isolated and that became my solution to being able to function and to deal with day to day life.”

Cobb, who is close to completing work on a degree in social work, wants to combine that knowledge with his own life experiences, to help other addicts.

“Experientially, I feel like the only way to really understand what its like,” Cobb said. “You know, it’s like if I’m going to go learn how to fly a plane, I’m not going to go to somebody with only book knowledge, I’m going to go seek out someone who’s actually been in the pilot’s seat.”

Cobb was in attendance last week when Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Kim Moser, R-Independence, introduced Northern Kentucky Spring Clean, an initiative which called for distributing 6,000 drug disposal pouches in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, where residents safely dispose of any expired or unneeded medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction.


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