Langston Jackson making progress in coma recovery

July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; California Golden Bears defensive back Josh Hill talks to the media during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone in need of an inspiring recovery story should head over BearInsider.com right now and check out their remarkable profile of Langston Jackson (not pictured above), a talented running back who slipped into a coma four months ago while in rehab for heroin addiction.

At Cal he had been stuck behind running backs Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen, resulting in a frustrating lack of playing time. According to family members, it was during that time that Jackson began to associate with the “wrong crowd,” a decision that almost cost him his life.

Jackson began to abuse pain killers like Oxycontin after he was dismissed from the Cal football program, a habit that morphed into a full-blown heroin addiction. While at a narcotics rehabilitation facility, Jackson overdosed from multiple drugs and slipped into a coma. The doctors at the time doubted he’d pull through and recommended that Jackson’s family make the decision to pull the plug. Thankfully, Jackson made a remarkable and unexpected recovery and was able to spend the 4th of July with his family.

Jackson’s story will be the subject of a BBC documentary released in a few months.

[Source: BearInsider]

Topics: Langston Jackson, University Of California

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