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David T.

June 11th, 2020

“My name is David Thurber and I am a person in recovery from the disease of addiction. What that means to me is that I can live a normal life without the need for substances, without harming those I love, and without being a burden to society. I can actually now be a productive citizen giving back to the community and to those I love. When I entered the McShin recovery program at RSW Regional Jail, I had little to no hope that I could ever have a life worth living. I was very skeptical and very guarded with little to no trust at all. When John and Cricket came in and spoke, they caught my attention. I began to start thinking of the things they had said, and a spark was ignited. I started to realize that maybe I do have a chance, maybe I can be a good person and have a normal life. I began to grow and, bit by bit each day, my thinking started to change. I started to discover who I am. You see, the person I was on drugs and with my addiction leading me hid the real me, not only from those around me, but from myself also. Now, with just a few short weeks from my 18th month in recovery, I have armed myself with the tools I need to help me stay clean. I have clear goals to achieve and a purpose in life. I can finally look at myself in the mirror and feel confident and happy with the person I have become. I would sincerely beg the community to reach out and help the recovery community as much as they can, it makes a difference. There are so many young men and women that are lost and hopeless and that just shouldn’t be, all they need is for someone to light a spark in them and give them a helping hand.”

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