Michael is an ex-addict.
And this, is a label.
A label that is way too negative in Latin-America, and he showed me why we should try to discover and understand stories of people like him instead of judging at first sight.
He talks about his family, his life as an addict, and how we should fight narco-trafficking all together.
"My parents got divorced when I was a kid. I lived a bit with my dad, then with my mum. But she was too permissive. I started smoking marijuana at the age of 15. Soon I wanted something stronger, so I started crack. And I got lost in it for 7 years. I was living on the street. I spent 6 months in Bogotá under a bridge. All those years, I was on and off with work. When I didn't have a job, I was singing and playing guitar in parks, and people gave me money. Sometimes very good money. Of course the first thing I did was to go spend it on crack and other stupid stuff. I hardly ate anything. When you are high, you just forget everything. You can spend 96 hours without sleep. I went to rehab several times but it didn't work. Finally I found a foundation that helped me recover and has been helping me since then. But it's still tough, it's an everyday fight. Temptation is everywhere. And it's absurd to think that narco-trafficking will ever stop. I think the biggest problem in our society is not even the drugs, it's the people's mind. They still don't understand how something that you use for recreational purposes can easily turn into the worst nightmare of your life. Only education can help. Education that reaches the heart and the mind. And for this, we need to unite, from the businessman to the owner of the local grocery shop, to teach our kids how to recognize the dangers of drugs and say no to consumption."