SAN ANGELO, Texas —
Victor Gutierrez lived half of his life addicted to drugs.
"I did meth I was an alcoholic, I smoked weed, I did ecstasy, pills and cocaine,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez said for 18 years, his life was spiraling out of control - nowhere to turn, always fighting his addiction.
“I hated who I was, I liked how it felt but, I didn’t like the result that it gave me when I would use,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez lost his two eldest daughters to Child Protective Services after he couldn’t kick his meth habit. He said, one night he finally had enough.
“I told my mom take me just take me even that night I was high I told her take me right now while I can’t think because I know when I sober up I’m not going to want to do it,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez’s mother did just that. From their hometown in Amarillo, his mother drove Gutierrez five and a half hours to San Angelo, to receive the help he needed.
“Where that red thing is, is where me and my mom took a picture right here and then she left,” Gutierrez said.
She left behind her then 32-year-old son, and Gutierrez got to work - getting clean, mentoring others and walking a straight path of sobriety.
Gutierrez is now sober - five years and counting - and hopes to go back to his hometown and open a sober home to help those going through the same journey as him.