Westley Morris will speak at Brooke’s House tonight.
Hagerstown, Md. (NS) – Hagerstown is about to receive a message of hope and recovery.
Westley Morris, a former opioid addict and motivational speaker, will share his story tonight at Brooke’s House to share that it is possible to break the cycle of drug addiction.
He said his journey began at 12 years old when he came home and saw his mother get arrested for running a prostitution ring.
“So, at 12 years old, I was forced to grow up really quickly and face adversity at an early age. By the time I was 15 years old, I walked in on my sister. She was in the bathroom, and I heard her hit the floor, ‘boom!’ and I kicked the door open, ‘boom!’ and there’s my sister dead on the floor with a needle hanging out of her arm, and she was blue in the face, she was unresponsive,” Morris explained.
She died of a heroin overdose.
Morris said through those traumatic experiences, he fell into drug and alcohol addiction, but, after years of addiction, he was able to get up and break the cycle, but recovery never stops.
“I wake up at 5, 5:30 in the morning every single day and the very first thing that I do when I open my eyes into consciousness is I say, ‘thank you,’ to God, to the universe, to the wall, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a simple act that puts me into the right state of mind,” he said.
He added that listening to positive content and surrounding yourself with good people is important.
Morris will speak tonight at Brooke’s House in an open event at 7 p.m.