Meet the Pennsylvania father who battled addiction to save his relationship with his son

DEVON, Pa. (CBS) — Noah Langnas and his son Aaron encourage each other as they hit golf balls outside.

“It’s the most important relationship in my life,” said Noah Langnas.

But the relationship was jeopardized when the father said he had lost himself in addiction.

“I was a sales manager at a Fortune 500 company and my second back surgery didn't go as planned,” said Noah Langnas. “I took two pills and basically woke up in rehab six years later.”

Despite his addiction, he knew he had to get clean to save his relationship with his son.

“The best gift I have received during my recovery is being able to be fully present in his life and enjoy the moment,” said Noah Langnas.

It was also a gift for his son.

“Because of his experience … he has become wiser, someone I can definitely turn to when I need help,” Aaron Langnas said.

Today, Noah Langnas helps others struggling with addiction as the intake director at Recovery Centers of America in Devon.

Noah Langnas said his own experience as an addict gives him a special connection to patients in recovery.

“I know what it's like to be devastated,” he said. “I know what it's like to have no hope.”

Noah Langnas said he wanted to share his recovery story to show other people that battling addiction is worth it.

“I've done it day in and day out, so I immediately gain some credibility, and not just with the title, but with the fact that this guy knows what it's like to have his life destroyed for a short period of time, but he also knows what it's like to get to the other side,” he said.

He appreciates being able to give something back and having his son back, with Father's Day having a special meaning at the moment.

“It's just, it's just absolutely incredible,” he said. “It's everything I've ever wanted.”

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