Cary Dixon’s adult son has been in and out of treatment for opioid addiction. She has been speaking publicly about addiction for several years.
Cary Dixon’s 29-year-old son has struggled with opioid abuse for years. At first, Dixon says, it was hard to know how to support him as he cycled through several rounds of treatment and incarceration. She says her life revolved around his addiction.
“It’s kind of like you’re on a parallel track with them,” she says. “You wait for the next crisis; you wait for the next phone call. You’re upset when you don’t get a phone call. You’re just — you’re desperate, and you’re in a state of fear and anxiety so much of the time.”
Dixon, 52, is a former nurse who now runs a contracting business with her husband in Huntington, W. Va. At a 2015 forum on addiction in
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