Man born addicted to heroin shares his story

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SAN DIEGO — An Escondido man knows firsthand the struggle of being an “opioid baby” — he was born addicted to heroin.

Twenty-six-year-old Steven Dowell shared with FOX 5 his story of rising above obstacles that started at birth.

Dowell was born while his biological mother was in prison and was adopted at two months old by his adoptive mother, Sue.

“Without her, I would not be where I am today,” Dowell said of Sue. “I love you.”

He said because he was born addicted to drugs, he suffers from ADHD and has struggled with making friends.

Dowell has been two years sober from opiates and other drugs but still struggles with the urge to try them again.

“What brings me back to not doing it is the fact that I have a job. I have a roof over my head, I got to pay rent. And that is stronger than me actually taking the drugs. For some people, it’s not as easy as that,” Dowell said.

He said as he has gotten older, he does not blame and is not resentful of his biological mother, who died from a heroin overdose when Dowell was young.

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