30 Aug '17, 9pm

He Gave Up a Life of Drugs and Deception and Turned to Running to Ease His Pain

He Gave Up a Life of Drugs and Deception and Turned to Running to Ease His Pain

After years of avoiding his home, he’s made it his mission to go back to each one of the places where he got in trouble in his youth. In every location, he says, I win. Not every drug addict gets the chance to confront their past. Murtaugh, now seven years sober, knew the return would be both painful, but cathartic. He wanted to let go of his memories—of a childhood where his father was away serving in Vietnam, where food was scarce and dinner was sometimes dog food. And of the times when the he and his siblings were watched by a babysitter who would bring them into a bedroom all together in their own home and engage them in sexual acts. RELATED: Special Report: Could Exercise Be the Key to Substance Abuse Recovery? At 11 years old, Murtaugh started smoking weed in the local cemetery. He was never bothered there. On the weekends he drank. In ninth grade, he scored his firs...

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