For the AJC's popular sports columnist Jeff Schultz, saving his son from addiction meant letting him go.
In June 2015, Schultz opened up about his son's journey in a candid and widely read installment of the award-winning "Personal Journeys" series. "Lost and Found," Schultz's first-person piece, was read or shared on social media thousands and thousands of times, garnering equally candid reaction from its audience.
"This is a beautifully written story with amazing photos," one reader wrote.
Reflecting on his own personal journey, Schultz wrote last year, "The most important story I’ve ever written wasn’t about a college football game. It isn’t about an athlete, a team, a trade, an injury, an ownership, a stadium issue, an Olympics or the NCAA. The most important story I’ve ever written was about addiction and recovery."
He continued, "Why are we telling this story? Because Josh and I believe if we can help just one addict, one parent or anybody who has been touched by addiction and mental illness, it will be worth it."
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