My darkest fears exploded when I found Steven in the center of the bathroom floor, naked, his body bent at an impossible angle. He was soaked in a pool of blood and mucus. His face was smashed beyond recognition, his mouth and chin looked completely caved in.

I reached for my son and almost slipped on some pebbles strewn across the tile. Then I realized they were Steven’s teeth. I dropped to my knees, crying hysterically.

I heard a groan, then… “ma.”

Over multiple rehab attempts, heart attacks, suicide attempts and a stroke, Adler never gave up on her son.

Today, Steven is sober and is back on the road with the original members of GNR.

Adler’s story delivers a powerful and inspirational message for anybody dealing with drug addiction that is simple and clear: never lose hope and never quit.