“I overdosed on 5th Avenue with my son in the back of the car. It’s probably one of the most horrible things that’s happened to me and one of the biggest blessings of my life. My son got taken and I have a CPS case now, but it made me realize what I was doing to not only myself, but to my wife, my son, my daughter, and my family in general. It opened my eyes to everything.

I spent four months in jail, and then I came to Recovery Point. I have learned how to cope with different situations, and I have almost a year drug-free. I am grateful for this program.

I just want to be a good role model for my son and my daughter, be a good husband to my wife, and be a good son to my parents. I want people to be able to look at me and think, ‘I know he’s been through a bunch of stuff but look what he’s doing now.’ I know it’s gonna be several years before I get all that trust back, but I really just want to be a productive citizen.

One of the main things I’ve had pulling on my heart for several years is to work with kids from the ages of 13-18. That’s when people start going down the wrong path. I really want to be a role model to people.

It’s really tough on me, because my wife and I are going to have to live with what we did, but it can go two ways: it can be the fuel for the fire to help us continue with recovery, or the fuel for the fire to lead us back down a bad road, and it’s up to us to choose which path we want to go down.”