My name is Michael Sprinsky. Born and raised in South Boston aka Southie.
I started off by taking oxycontin at age 15. My whole city started to take them actually. Every kid I grew up with was addicted to them. At first, it was a party thing but turned ugly real fast. As soon as I turned 16 I picked up heroin.
Growing up being real good at sports and being a normal kid, I never thought I would stick a spike in my arm but it happened. In 1997, when I was 17, kids started dying rapidly overdosing then a suicide epidemic happened. It was worse than a horror movie going to so many wakes and funerals at that age seeing good friends in a casket.
By the end of age 17, I was already in jail and lost my mother shortly after. I became homeless — running the streets at age 18. I was positive I would die with a needle in my arm. I had short stints of clean time but always relapsed.
For years it was jail and institutions. I gave up hope being in over 100 detoxes, 12 halfway houses, and years wasted behind bars. I became suicidal because It was driving me crazy. I couldn’t figure out why I kept throwing my life away. That all changed one day.
God called my name to be a voice for a child that was murdered and could no longer speak for themselves. The day I put the story together was the last time I touched heroin. That little girl saved me so I owe her my life by doing what I did. Never in a million years did I think someone I once considered a brother could be involved in something like that. Heroin completely took his soul and he lost his mind. He did rockstar amounts of heroin and never went to detox. He always had the money most of the time and never wanted to get clean. It was a nightmare finding that out.
In the end, God blessed me with a new life for doing his work. I’m grateful everyday I wake up clean. I’ve been clean a little over 2 years now.
If a down and out homeless heroin addict for over 20 years running the streets can stop and get clean anyone can. What helps me the most is helping another addict. I’m trying to spread a message of hope through my story.