His addiction began with a single puff- then headed toward the path of destruction.
"Eventually pot wasn't enough, then it turned into prescription pills," says Tyler. Prescription pills got too expensive and so he started doing heroin and stayed on that path for eight years.
So, at twenty seven, now clean and sober, he and his family are warning teens about the dangers of drug addiction and how to avoid the mistakes he made.
Tyler and his family try to send a message to students that life is about making mistakes- while also turning those mistakes, into positive blessings. "Who you hang with tells you exactly who you are," says Tyler. His message is about making smart choices and how to choose your associates wisely.
Tyler feels he so blessed. "I'm blessed with a great family that stood by me," says Tyler. "Now I can learn from this and help people learn from theirs"
Students appreciated Tyler's message. Luis Huerta, North Boone sophmore, says, "They just give us that talk to scare us. But this guy pointed out that he's not here to do that. He actually informed us and told us what the truth is."
The truth about making the right choices- which seemed to resonate with those in attendance.