Where did you grow up?

Rochester Minnesota

What are your favorite things to do?

My favorite things to do are fishing and fellowship, sometimes at the same time.

Tell us about the journey that brought you to Recovery Is Happening.

After 30 plus years of addiction, homelessness, and criminal thinking I was offered the option of 60 months (about 5 years) in prison or the opportunity to experience recovery. Recovery turned out to be the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I am extremely grateful to have received a second chance in life. I owe it all to God,12 step meetings, and the fellowship of a fantastic recovery community. When I was offered the chance to be a peer recovery specialist and help others fighting with addiction as I had, I saw it as an opportunity to turn my gratitude into an action.

Is there something about you that might surprise us?

Not really, I am a face value, what you see is what you get kind of guy. I think Being authentic is the best way to build trust with my participant’s and everyone else I associate with.

What is your favorite part of being in recovery?

I do not know where to start with this question. I have so much gratitude today. I’m grateful for the relationship I have with my family. Recovery has shown me how to be a good son, so in turn I have great parents. When I decided to be honest people started to trust me. It sounds stupid, but I had to learn that when I stopped breaking the law the police officers stopped knocking on my door. Today I get to hold my head up and walk with a sense of integrity that I’ve never known before. And that to me means doing the next right thing, even when no one is looking. I have great friends, and a fantastic job with people that treat me like family. I have been givin the opportunity to help people change their lives like I have. I mean really, what could be better than that?