ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man talks to us WALB News 10 about his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, hoping to help others.
He said a growing heroin problem is taking too many young lives.
He's just 27-year-old, but said he's already seen too many friends lose their lives to drugs, including heroin. He's trying to save lives from his generation and the next.
Playing the guitar is Cody Brown's therapy.
"Music is everything to me, besides my son, I'm not the best, but I try," said Brown
He's working to get his life back on track after battling drugs and alcohol, and getting out of prison in November. He admits he's no saint.
"I've been in trouble, I've been in prison, I've been in the streets," said Brown.
But he wants to change and send a message to others who may be struggling.
"I want people to see what its gonna do to my generation and the next generation, my son you know."
Especially after seeing friends die from drug use including one he says was recently killed by heroin.
"I'm watching my friends drop dead left and right. You know, I've buried three friends in the last month. It's got to stop somewhere."
Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Major Bill Berry said heroin is showing up more in South Georgia.
"It's becoming more and more popular as the cost of prescription and pain pills continues to increase, the amount of heroin also increases because it's cheaper," said Major Berry.
They haven't had a significant heroin bust in two years, but he said more users are turning to heroin because prescription painkillers are becoming harder to get.
Brown said his motivation is his 3-year-old son Noah, who also loves playing the guitar.
"Everytime I see him, I just can't do nothing but smile, or cry. He's so beautiful, and I don't want him growing up the way I did," continue Brown.
Brown said there is help out there for those who truly want it.
"It's a struggle and it's a fight, but it can be fought, if you're willing to do it, you just got to be willing to do the work."