My Boy

By: Bryan Bennett

Like many parents, Ron Doughty loved his son more than anything. They argued like every other father and son but that never stopped Ron from supporting Paul throughout life.

Paul moved to his father’s house after living with his mother until he was 12 years old. Sixteen years later, Paul Doughty overdosed on heroin and died on Nov. 12, 2015, at age 28. Ron found Paul in his bed that morning and his whole world changed.

“It was me and my boy against the world,” said Ron. “I don’t know how to go on."