Sergey Gnatvoskiy's son has battled a heroin addiction since he was 15 years old. Sergey believes that if his now 23-year-old son, Maykl, doesn't get help soon, Maykl's life will end in tragedy.
According to The New York Post, Maykl was kicked out of his home by his mother when he was a teen as a result of his drug use. He and Sergey now live in an apartment together, but their landlord threatened them with eviction if Maykl didn't move.
Sergey hopes to get his son into rehab before he is forced to live on the streets.
He told The New York Post that he has watched his son overdose four times.
Fed up with Maykl's empty promises to enter a rehabilitation clinic, Sergey decided to show his son exactly what he has been dealing with. He took the heroin he found in his son's room and injected himself.
“I told him if you’re not going to stop, I will do the same as you do. I [tried] to send him to rehab. He promised me he was going to go, and I found it again.”
When Maykl came home and found his father passed out, he knew exactly what was going on. Like his father has done to him, the 23-year-old began administering CPR while giving him a dose of Narcan in order to revive him.
The last thing Sergey remembers was attempting to turn the television off and waking up to a team of medical professionals all around him.
As The New York Post reports, Maykl was not pleased with his dad's life-threatening plan to get him into rehab. Sergey recalled:
“My son was screaming at me, ‘Pop, Pop, are you crazy, you almost died.’”
In response, Sergey told his son:
“If I lose you — I don’t know. Look what you made me do yesterday? I’ll give you my home, my car, my heart. I don’t want to lose you.”
Maykl has since admitted that his father's risky plan worked:
“After seeing this I definitely want to go [back to rehab]. I’ve been doing this since I was 15. I’m 23 now, I can’t keep doing this.”
The opioid crisis has left no community untouched. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use has more than doubled in the past decade among adults aged 18 to 25 years of age. In 2015 alone, there were 12,990 overdose deaths connected to heroin use.
It's unknown whether Maykl has entered a facility and made his first steps toward recovery.