SHICKSHINNY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) This Thanksgiving, a local man has a lot to be thankful for.
He once lived a life of crime, but now he’s living a life filled with respect for himself and compassion for others.
Eyewitness News Anchor Jasmine Brooks has Kevin’s story,
This fall the state enacted a series of new laws intended to combat a growing problem with opoid addiction. One the measures provides for new efforts to break their addiction to drugs. Experts say, perhaps the best advice comes from the people who have been there. This is Kevin’s story.”
“I’m from Atlanta, Georgia..which really doesn’t mean anything.”Said Kevin Shaul with a laugh,
Kevin Shaul was just 12-years-old when he started experimenting with drugs
“You would think I would have learned a lesson; my brother gunned down in the street, left for dead. Found him 15 days later, had to identify him by his teeth. Lost his life to this disease.”
It wasn’t long before his experiment turned into a full blown addiction and nearly 2-decades in and out of prison.
“As I started to go in and out of the state penitentiary one of the first questions they asked me is where do I want my body sent when something happens to me.”
“What I have come to realize is there is no lesson to be learned. I have a problem and until i address this the saga will continue.”
Tucked in the mountains of Shickshinny is a place where people come to clear their minds, heal their bodies, and rid their souls of their addiction.
Robert Norris once battled his own addiction and has spent the past 11-years helping others do the same.
“I would say eighty percent of the people we’re treating these days are opiate; medication or heroin.” Norris told Eyewitness News Report Jasmine Brooks
At 34-years-old…Kevin finally started listening.
“And that’s where my story changes.” He began treatment, a 12-step program and has been living a sober life for the past 9-years.
“Recovery has been the springboard, the foundation of clear direction.” Kevin told us.
Kevin is now counselor at Huntington Creek helping others deal with their addictions.
Huntington Creek Recovery call us today (844) 841-6526 More information Website