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Norman W.

June 11th, 2020

“My name is Norman “Butch” Wilkinson. I’m 61 years old and in Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. I was born in Maryland in 1958 and was raised in the suburbs with my Mom, Dad and four sisters. My Mom was awesome, but Dad was brutal at times – other times he was a good dad. I experimented with marijuana and acid as a teen. My Dad got cancer in 1979 and died in 1980. That was when I drank vodka. I was in and out of jail for the next almost 40 years. I wound up in RSW jail in November of 2018 for a drug charge. That was where I heard about McShin. I had never tried rehab before. I liked the things they were teaching and became interested. My son overdosed and died shortly after I went to the drug pod in RSW. I was lucky to be with the guys I was with, because I’m sure I would have relapsed. I learned a lot about Narcotics Anonymous and 12 Step in RSW. I really like Cricket. He helped me through some of my grief. He told me to write McShin a letter and I received a scholarship. I recently completed my 28-day Intense Program. It’s been a wonderful experience – very educational. I’m excited to see what the future brings.”

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