Neighbors are sharing their stories to bring awareness to a crisis in the Southern Tier.
September is National Recovery Month a chance for people to learn about substance abuse.
Jack Seman first took medication when he was 11 years old, but now is five years removed from substance abuse.
After dropping out of high school, and entering into different treatment institutions, Jack began to get clean with the help of a 12 step fellowship program. From there he entered the Fairvew Recovery Services halfway house where things began to turn around.
"I remember one morning I woke up and I didn't think about using, I thought about what I was going to have for breakfast and it sounds so simple but that was miraculous to me. That I had always thought that my entire life for as long as I live it would just be this monkey on my back that I would have to fight off every single day, said Seman."
If you or someone you know needs help contact the Broome County Opioid Awareness Coalition at 607-778-2812.