‘He more or less saved my life’: Recovering addict speaks about fallen trooper

When David Wright first met Trooper Kevin Conner four years ago, the 11-year veteran of the N.C. Highway Patrol put him in handcuffs and charged him with driving while impaired.

“I was under the influence of narcotics and alcohol, ran a truck into a ditch and he was the trooper on the scene,” Wright said. “Naturally, he took me to the jail in Whiteville.”

Like many on the wrong side of the law, Wright, a self-proclaimed recovering addict, initially disliked Conner. But his perception of the law enforcement officer quickly changed.

“As soon as he got me handcuffed and in the car, he was more a more caring person, he was human then to me,” Wright explained. “He was talking to me on the way (to jail) about ‘you can beat this thing at your age, this is good, consider this tough love.’”

That relationship developed into a friendship of sorts, lasting beyond Wright’s court case.  more

Six Crazy Lies You Probably Believe About Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide support program for people who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. It was founded in 1953 and employs the same Twelve Stop Model used by Alcoholics Anonymous. They have over 61,000 meetings in 129 countries across the globe. It has helped tens of thousands of people get and stay clean. It is not a passing fad.

Why then are there so many myths about it?

One of the culprits is the media. TV and movie depictions of meetings completely ignore the rules that define them, especially the Twelve Traditions. The Traditions essentially govern how the entire organization operates — and by extension their meetings. Members consider them sacred.  more