Insider drug addiction of a single US father who hit heroin and meth went through a transformation for his daughter

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A single dad underwent an incredible transformation after getting clean from drugs and gaining 60lbs – so he could see his daughter.

Austin Greene, 27, says he started using hard drugs when he was 13 – and they took over his life.

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But after the birth of his little girl, eight, he knew he had to make a change to give her the best life possible.

Photos from then and now show that he is hardly recognizable.

Austin Greene during his time as an addict. Credit: Austin Greene/SWNS

“I looked like I was about to die,” said Austin from Ohio, USA. “It broke my daughter’s heart.

“I just want people to know that there’s always hope, even when it feels like there isn’t any.”

Austin says he started drinking and smoking marijuana when he was just 11 years old because of a drug culture among young people where he grew up in Leesburg, Ohio.

As a teenager, he was exposed to harder substances like crystal meth and heroin.

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When his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in August 2013, he was prescribed pain-relieving opiates, and Austin persuaded him to share some to help him with an abscessed tooth.

Austin Greene started using hard drugs when he was 13 years old.
Austin Greene started using hard drugs when he was 13 years old. Credit: Austin Greene/SWNS

After the death of his grandfather, the photographer began to experience withdrawal symptoms such as cold sweats, insomnia and restless legs.

He said: “I felt like I could have focused more on spending the rest of his time with him rather than on getting high.

“I was unhappy and uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt like I was dying.”

The thought of my daughter losing me forever really ate me up inside

Addiction affected his health in other ways, as he was diagnosed with hepatitis B and C and a serious fungal infection on his spine in February 2019.

He said: “I was admitted to the hospital and couldn’t walk for about six months. Every penny I got went towards getting medication for my dose.

Austin Greene after recovering from his addiction.
Austin Greene after recovering from his addiction. Credit: Austin Greene/SWNS

“I was selfish and did whatever I had to do for the day regardless of how anyone might feel.”

Austin’s daughter was born on September 16, 2013, and while he was in love with her, his addiction meant he lost custody of her when she was six.

“The thought of my daughter losing me forever ate me up inside,” he said

“I started neglecting my daughter after always saying I wasn’t the father to abandon my children.”

How Austin beat drug addiction

In November 2020, he knew he had to change something, so he started a detox program.

He said: “When I was detoxing I wanted to walk every day, but once I got rid of the toxins from my body I started to think more clearly.

Austin Greene made one change to give her the best life possible.
Austin Greene made one change to give her the best life possible. Credit: Austin Greene/SWNS

“That’s when I started working to understand as much as I could about addiction.”

He then spent six months in a sober residential facility and has been happily clean since December 21, 2020.

“When I left I was super nervous but optimistic at the same time,” he said.

He now lives with his mother Jamie Greene, 50, and sees his daughter almost every day of the week.

He said: “She loves slime, paint, doing puzzles and playing outside. I just want people to know that there’s always hope, even when it feels like there isn’t.”

Austin also tries to motivate other addicts on social media and directs them to organizations that can help them.

“You just have to believe in yourself and find something that gives you meaning in life.

“Never give up and always strive to do your best no matter what!”

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