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Justin Burke

Recovery Coach Specialist & Care Coordinator

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Justin's Story

When twenty years of terror was over. I found myself for the first time ever in my life. I was in jail. That’s when I realized that there was more to life than getting wrecked every day. I knew I need help and my P.O. wouldn’t let me go home from jail. That’s when I asked about treatment. He agreed to let me go to treatment and if I was doing the next right thing, he would transfer my probation anywhere I wanted to go.

When I was in treatment, I met two staff members I could relate to. One of which was Corey. I looked forward to the weekends he worked. Corey shows us we could have just as much fun being sober with a game called Pictionary. For the first time in my life, I felt alive.

At this point, I knew I needed to start setting goals. With this came purpose for life. As I shifted my focus on what I wanted it took my mind off using. I remember saying I want to help people get to treatment and working for the treatment center I went to. People laughed at me. That’s when Corey saw the drive, I had to be better than I was the day before in me.

That’s when he asked me about sober living. I didn’t even really know what it was, but I was willing to give it a try. As I just keep doing the next right thing my life slowly fell back together. Now I’m a Peer Recovery Coach. I help people in early recovery to get the services that they need. I have never been truly happier in life.

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