He struggled with substance abuse. Now he's using his experiences to help others

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Surrounded by substance abuse and mental health issues his entire life, Tony Walton is bringing a unique perspective to the Raleigh recovery clinic where he works.

"The fact that I'm standing before you today in this condition that I'm in... is nothing short of a miracle," he says.

Walton is a self-described member of the recovery community, turned substance abuse counselor.

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He supports individuals who are in a similar position that he was once in.

"Substance use disorder is a response to a mental health issue that's going on," he says.

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A true advocate for his clients, Walton hopes that he can help others by sharing his story.

His need to help others has pushed him to obtain an associate's degree from WakeTech in substance abuse/addiction counseling and a BS in Psychology from NC Central University.

Hear more about his story and how he was able to get to a place of recovery in the video player above.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association's National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Alcohol Hotline

(800) 331-2900
Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
(800) 344-2666
National Help Line for Substance Abuse
(800) 262-2463

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