Listen: Heroin, Brandon Henderson, Lisa Henderson discussed on Ben Ferguson
"Overdose death rates sales of substance abuse treatment at submissions grad missions related to opioid pain relievers all increased substantially by two thousand fifteen there were more than fifty thousand annual deaths from drug overdose causing more deaths than either car accidents or guns drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under fifty with two thirds of those deaths. From opioids in two thousand sixteen the crisis decreased overall life expectancy of Americans for the second consecutive year in two thousand sixteen over sixty four thousand Americans died from overdoses twenty one percent more than the almost fifty three thousand in two thousand fifteen. In Canada, half, the overdoses were accidents while a third were intentional the remainder were unknown. All right. We were talking about the opioid epidemic or opioid crisis. The rapid increase in the use of prescription and nonprescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada which really began the late nineties and continuing through the next two decades. And of course, opioids are diverse class of moderately strong painkillers. We're talking oxycodone commonly sold under the trade names of Oxycontin and Percocet vicodin. A very strong painkiller Fenton. All of course, which is synthesized resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. Brandon Henderson is here he was hopelessly addicted to opioids moved on onto heroin, and is here to tell us about his remarkable supernatural recovery. This story is featured in a documentary. We'll talk about that momentarily. It's called hope has a name joining Brandon on the line is his mother. Lisa Henderson and Lisa in. Her husband can are pastors in Florida. Lisa. Mean, obviously. Nope. This is a parent's worst nightmare. When you found out that your son. Raised in the church was using heroin. How did you feel? Obviously terrified. How bad it was. You know, imagine their child picking new arm and shooting drugs that. The showing is a blame. What did I do wrong? Did we go wrong? How did he get to this point? What can I do to fix this? There's so many stages of that you go through anger grief. I'm a panic. Just, you know terror cycle back through this is really a horrible nightmare. In Brandon, you were you were raised in the church. I mean, were you did you consider yourself a devout Christian when when you started taking drugs or have you fallen away from from the faith? What happened falling away would be an accurate description? Yeah, I was raised in charge at a very early age. I had faith in God and built a relationship with God. As I progressed through. Preteen years in the teenagers. Things happened in my life with calls me to question. My favorite thing. I did something bad happens. A lot of times we all ask God allow that to happen. And so the questions began to bubble up in my mind, and because of the pain and hurt that I had some moisture. In my life, sort of looking in different places fulfill the need that I had forgot because they'll turned away from him out of bitterness at that really led the end of the drug addiction, you know, long before ever gotten car accident. Now kind of distant tipping point. There was the emotional wounds is underlying issues that actually drove me further into that was made available to a lot of different things that tied together. We'll be addicted for instance, they're not designed for a long term pain management situation. Like, I was having a back injury. They were designed for something very short-term. You take somebody. You put them on a long-term the way that drug is designed it actually takes more of it every time to cover your pain because tolerance continues to grow. And you body becomes depending on what do you think that and you add it into the next kid? He's got all these emotional wounds. And it's just a recipe for disaster. So are you suggesting that even had you not been in the car accident and started taking oxycodone you may have become addicted to opiates another way not not necessarily opiates? I don't think that opiates would have been the issue, but I was hurting, and you know. It might have been eating too much addicted to medicating alcohol is a number of different things that we turn to Medicaid are feeling. So I just so happened that because I had a car that had an excuse or reason to use that. And that was introduced in first time that I to pain medicine and all the back name all emotional pain was gone the same. Wow. This is amazing. You're rock mo- world. Little did. I know the damage that called. Lisa. If you can answer this. But I mean. You and your husband are pastors. You raise your son in the church and yet he's standing sitting before you at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. And you realize he's addicted to heroin is that is there an added strain being being a pastor knowing that you raised your son in the church, and you you're you're ministering to other people in your son is a heroin addict. Is that double the the pain in the shame and the absolutely yes, it does. There's there's a lot of pressure without and you realize you're ministering to other people you're preaching the gospel. You're you're trying to help them get your life straight get showing their lives. And then you have you know, your child he was more than life has this addiction. And yeah, there's a lot of Shane and just pressure that comes with that. And then the know. Wile along. While you know, we weren't letting people know the degree that his addiction and not vengeance is saying that you protect them. So that he felt like that he was gonna one day come through. And we wanted them to be able to hold his head up and not feel like everybody in the world new. You know, what he was doing on? And then you get to a point that you're so desperate for help. At that point. And then it really doesn't matter. Who knows you just want people praying in any help you can get. Brandon. Can you take us to the the day when you decided that you would just be better? It's just to slip away to take an overdose. A day when I decided that it would be better to do that. Yeah. I can do that. This is okay. So in two thousand ten of the rest of the by US marshals for selling oxycodone and. Some time in jail while I was in jail. I got clean what a very short amount of come out of jail, and because I hadn't really dealt with any of the issues that was driving me to medicate myself at that point. And I had some back pain still it was very easily fall back into it. So I went back and using drugs while I was quitting my wife became pregnant with my oldest daughter. And. While she was pregnant when I went back into using drugs. Very short period. Claim. After my daughter was born, and I was looking at myself in the mirror, and I'll see in this guy who I was completely hopeless. I look at my wife, and my daughter just thought, you know, they're going to be better off without this in our life. So easy thing for her to do because duly wouldn't leave me be for me to die. And then maybe she could find somebody who would be more equipped to raise my daughter. And so that was the thought that I had like he do it on wall with it's not working. I'll just do everybody a favor. And and so what did you what did you take? How many pills did you take? Multiple times that I saw up to seventy pills a day. So I was crushing up about ten thirty milligram oxycodones. And then drawing them up in a syringe and shooting up. You know, this is on top of taking three or four two milligrams antics street on the street is called a bar, take two or three bars shoot up. Ten oxycodones do that several pounds in a row because the syringe only hold so much at one time until I would just fall over pass out. Completely dead. Come to several hours later completely cold, non I'm talking from the weights now, and you know, I'm 'cause that's that kill myself. When I was in my addiction. My parents every time my dad would call me he'd pick up the phone, and he called the Amana guppies a man of God. And every time he did that. I'd be like inside internally. I was frustrated because something inside of me wanted to be a man of God. But I couldn't see that impossibility because I felt hopeless Sabi frustrated and angry not really him. But angry at the situation that he was calling me God. And what he was doing was he was actually prophesying urban, and he was calling fourth wife, and he was he was he was prophesied. This exactly when you say you will live and not die. You will stand in declare the works. And so when I kill myself, I believe that God actually raised me up based on his property and gal was honoring his prophecy in the prayers y'all went and done with window. So he brings back. I can actually remember when I was shoot up like I could see myself until myself after hours completely unconscious slipping slipping through darkness. And then all of a sudden something will jerk me right back to my body. And I'd come to. What is that? Which was that a near death experience would. I mean, did you did you have? So it was I don't think it was a near death experience. I think it was a death extract death that you think you were clinically dead. Yes. Do you have any idea? How how many hours you were out? You were gone a couple a couple of hours you were dead for a couple of hours. Yes. Who family cold? I'm talking no circulation blue legs. Here's the crazy part Gaba snatched me back in my body. And I remember waking up and almost felt disappointed. Like man, I was almost through this now back when God brought me back to the three times. That's not the way out. You got to help me get out of this somehow because I can't keep doing anymore. So that's when I began to really cry out for help to the war. And so God sent a rescue for me. But it was by the way of police. I was on probation at this point. For the for the cell that I told you about earlier and um. They kept Alexis supposed to go house arrest. I've slipped out the back door and be selling drugs and buying drugs and doing all kinds of craziness. And couldn't never quite catch me until finally my wife just had had enough like she was one. She could see how close I was to either getting killed by somebody killing myself, and she was just like she's willing to do anything. So she turned me into my probation officer, and they showed up at my house with three cops and cost me. They went through the house searching everything they didn't find anything, but they had enough evidence. Based on what she told them violate me. And so they told me they presented it to well during that time we had been talking to this place called about going into their their regeneration program, which is an open show before a Christian regeneration programme. How scared to go down there because I knew I have to say my issues, but at the same time is ready. Oh, my quite ready enough to make the decision on the home when the cops game, and they were all right? You're going to go to prison. Now, listen to this place called dunk line. And you gotta give me a chance to go. There. I'll go there. I'll get my life straight. So probation officer agreed to let me go to dock one to to get everything back together.."