John Mabry said one car accident not only took part of his leg, it changed his life.

"It led to 14 surgeries that year," Mabry said. "Painkillers were a part of my journey, and a necessary part.”

That journey became a decade-long battle with opioid addiction. He said getting the pills was too easy. Doctors saw his leg, and didn't ask many questions. He said he would go doctor shopping and get as many pills as he wanted.

"People don't realize the amount of turmoil that addiction takes on a family," Mabry said, fighting back tears. "Multiple rounds of treatment. I moved from our nice house in the suburbs to living a trailer on the side of the Cumberland River that was infected with mold and had holes in the floors.

"It wasn't until I finally got so low that I was able to pick up the phone and reach out for help," Mabry added, crediting his wife for taking pushing him into treatment.

He called Addiction Campuses, which flew him out to rehab. He now works for the organization as the director of public outreach, sharing his deeply personal experience to help others get clean.

Addiction counselors all over watched President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday as he declared opioid addiction a public health emergency. They're hoping more resources will be opening up for them.

His speech followed that of First Lady Melania Trump who spoke about personal interactions she's had with people battling the addiction.

"This can happen to any of us," the first lady said. "Drug addiction can take your friends, your neighbors, or your family. No state has been spared and no demographic has been untouched."

"A number of states have reached out to us asking for relief, and you should expect to see approvals that will unlock treatment for people in need and those approvals will come very, very fast," President Trump said in the announcement.

"Any action is a step in the right direction, and we are willing to accept help that we can get on the federal level," said Allaire Kirk, with Addiction Campuses.

Tennessee ranks among the top states in the country for opioid prescriptions. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016 – the highest annual number in state history.

"There needs to be more treatment centers and more resources given towards addiction treatment," Kirk told News 4.

Addiction Campuses hopes that rolling back some regulations will help introduce methods like telemedicine and open access to treatment in rural areas that need help.

"It's essentially having a doctor on the other end of your phone," Kirk said. "That could be super helpful to people who aren't particularly close to a treatment center and don't have those resources readily available to them."

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