Derek started on drugs at age 12 when he was introduced to marijuana. He was an athlete – a wrestler – and a good student. He progressed throughout his high school year to heroin via Percocet and Oxycontin. He went to college on wrestling scholarship but lost it due to repeated injuries. Began using cocaine and more heroin after several rehab attempts. Finally he tried to end his life and at that point he agreed to try Narconon in Louisiana. Now sober, he is an interventionist and counselor for Narconon with the intent of helping others.