Vestavia Hills High School graduate Brad Blount said he had everything a young man needed to become a successful adult: supportive parents, the luxuries of a good school and talent on the football field.
"I couldn't ask for any better parents than what God gave me," said the fresh-faced Blount in a recent video interview. "God put me in a place with a good family that gave me everything I ever could have wanted, all the support I could have ever needed."
From the outside, he said, it looked like everything was on a positive track.
Then something went terribly wrong.
"I ended up becoming a heroin addict," said Blount, as his blue eyes shifted away from the camera.
The video, available below, was filmed as a promotional piece for the upcoming Addiction Prevention Coalition's "Wake Up!" breakfast.
It only shows part of the story, however.
Blount will share the rest Thursday, Jan. 29 from 8-9 a.m. during the breakfast at Vestavia Country Club, 400 Beaumont Drive.
Other current and former over-the-mountain high school students will join Blount in sharing their own experiences with drugs and alcohol, including how they became addicted, what helped them to recover, and how and why every parent should talk openly to their kids to avoid the pitfalls of addiction.
The Addiction Prevention Coalition will also present its first "Community Impact Award" to the City of Vestavia Hills, in recognition of "their outstanding collaborative efforts to fight substance abuse within their area," according to a news release about the event.