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Justin Clarkson Testimonial

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My name is Justin Clarkson. I was raised in Danville, Ky and graduated from Boyle County High School in 1996. There wasn’t any addiction in my family and I had a great childhood as well as a good upbringing. Right after high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I served in the Infantry for 16 years until I was combat wounded.

While I was at Wounded Warrior, I soon got addicted to pain killers. I was on the West Coast in California and the job placements were in California not in Kentucky. This caused depression for me. The job opportunities were amazing, but I needed to get back home to be close to my 9 year old daughter. I was given Suboxone as I left Wounded Warriors. Once I was retired and returned home, my addiction progressed further.

I realized quickly that I wasn’t getting any job offers here like I did on the West Coast. So the feeling of no accomplishment, going from being a Platoon Sergeant in the Infantry to coming home and being nothing made me use even more to block it all out. I soon realized while using that I didn’t have the nightmares I was having while I was sober. My addiction kept spiraling downwards.

Until I entered the Isaiah House Long Term Program, I had lost all hope. I had no idea how to beat my addiction. Since I have been here at the Isaiah House in treatment, I have learned the tools to beat addiction. I also have a strong support group with positive influences in my life. I can’t explain it, but since I have been at Isaiah House, the nightmares have stopped with no medication.

I am currently serving as an Intern at Isaiah House with the Case Management Office while working on my recovery as a client. I am thankful for my job- helping the guys has been the biggest part of my recovery. I am happy to say that I am on good terms with my parents today. I recently saw my daughter for the first time since November 2017 at an Isaiah House graduation. My relationship with her and being the best father I can be is my drive to keep moving forward in my recovery. My new regained faith in my higher power is what motivates me daily. I have found that hope.

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