Recovery Hero: Liz

My name is Liz and I have been in Recovery for almost 7 years! In this time I have been blessed with 2 beautiful children, was able to seal some of my record, obtained my GED and began my career in the medical field. The greatest accomplishment out of it all though, was learning how …

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Recovery Hero: Jennifer Candelaria

My name is Jennifer Candelaria and I have been in recovery for 9 months; I am most proud of my determination to get my kids back home to me in such a short amount of time. Not only that but actually completing and benefiting from a program that I have known to be overwhelming and …

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Recovery Hero: Dan Hugill

My name is Dan Hugill and I have been in recovery for 6 years. Since July 23rd 2014. During that time my accomplishments include working for the Phoenix and through them becoming a state certified peer specialist. I received the crossfit level 2 certification, the olympic lifting level 1, NASM youth exercise specialist certification and …

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Recovery Hero: Betty Toppin

My name is Betty Toppin and I have been in recovery since March 27th, 2019. Prior to recovery, I was in active addiction for most of my life. I finally hit my bottom in 2017 when I became homeless and lost custody of my daughter. I was basically wandering aimlessly for a year and a …

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Recovery Hero: Gabriel Gonzales

My name is Gabriel Gonzales, aka Colorado Cadi. I have been in recovery since June 19th, 2017. Since being in recovery I have gotten married to an amazing woman, I’ve been the best father figure I can possibly be for my step kids, and I’ve gone professional in electric skateboard racing. One of my lowest …

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Recovery Hero: Bonnie Scott

Hello, my name is Bonnie Scott and I have been clean and sober for 1 year and 2 months. Since being in recovery, I have gotten my life back. This has included receiving full custody of my daughter back in March of this year. My lowest point in addiction was when I heard my dealer …

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Recovery Hero: Jason Hotchkin

Our first Recovery Hero of the month, Jason Hotchkin! Jason is committed to recovery and has a passion for giving back and helping others, here is his story: I am Jason Hotchkin, I have been in recovery for over 38 months. For almost two years I have wanted to join the addiction career field and …

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Recovery Hero: Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley holds the honor of being our recovery hero of the week, here is his story! My Name is Ryan Presley and I have been in recovery continuously since September 15th of 2013. I started drinking when I was 18 and immediately had a problem that I was unable to get on top of …

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Recovery Hero: Laurel Justice

My name is Laurel Justice, I have been in recovery for 19 years. Before I came to recovery, I was pretty much mothering out of the “family disease”, without any consciousness about that. I am grateful for a series of painful, unwelcome, and transformational experiences that woke me up to the possibility of an entirely …

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Recovery Hero: Kristen Harper

My name is Kristen Harper and I have been in recovery for eight years. I’m most proud of being able to arrest the cycle of addiction in my family. It was difficult to watch my mother leave when I was only nine years old and then have her fate met from the disease of alcoholism …

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Recovery Hero: Cathy Plush

My name is Cathy Plush and I have been in recovery for the past 29 years. What I am most proud of is the blessing of being a sober mom and understanding how recovery continues to have such a profound and positive effect on my family. Everything in my life today, my husband, my children, …

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Recovery Hero: Ghislaine Henley

My name is Ghislaine Henley. I have been in recovery since August of 1986. I have been privileged to be part of the raising of two drug addicts/alcoholics who have become fully functioning and contributing members of society. My lowest point was Christmas 2010 when I had to kick both sons out of the house …

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Recovery Hero: Elise Bergsten

My name is Elise Bergsten and I am blessed to be in recovery since August 13, 1984. I was 23 when I sobered up. I went through an in-patient treatment program and have actively participated in my recovery since then. In addition to staying in recovery, raising my daughter has perhaps been my biggest accomplishment, …

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Recovery Hero: Rebecca Berg

“This is not how my family’s story will end.” My name is Rebecca Berg and I have been in recovery for 26 years. The most important day in my life is October 22, 1993. To me, it’s the day my life started. I was 22 years old and waking up. I am most proud of …

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Recovery Hero: Michelle Paris Gatson

My name is Michelle and I have been in recovery for 7 years. One of the things I am most proud of is that I have a growing willingness to be honest with myself about what I am responsible for instead of allowing myself to blame others for what is going on in my life. …

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Recovery Hero: Bob Van Til

Hey, I’m Bob and I get to have a couple of recovery times and milestones. Alcohol, along with any and all other drugs, was my primary affliction, but after I started in recovery I also spent 20 years dependent on chronic pain opiates which I have been free of for 2 and a half years. …

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Recovery Hero: Jayme Singleton

Another monday, another stellar recovery hero! This is Jayme Singleton’s story. My name is Jayme S. I began my journey into recovery six years ago. In that time I have met some challenges and setbacks however have maintained a strong drive and progression with my recovery process. My accomplishments since practicing the recovery lifestyle that …

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Recovery Hero: Cailean Anderson

Cailean Anderson Recovery Hero The Recovery Hero of the week, Cailean Anderson! Such a great dude whos following the path to recovery. Hello! My name is Cailean Anderson, and I have been in recovery for 3 months. One thing I accomplished during my recovery that I am most proud of would be… Actually, on this …

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Recovery Hero: Leon Stewart

This journey of recovery has been 25 months and I believe that I finally have this addiction behind me. It’s a rewarding benefit to my character and person. I can actually say with a positive demeanor that I’ve finally beat this character defect. I’m proud of myself and the happiest I’ve been in a long …

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Recovery Hero: Sparkle Lindsay

Our Recovery Hero of the week is the wonderful Sparke Lindsay! Such a positive role model for so many people. Hi my name is Sparkle Lindsay and i have been sober for one year.I have managed to accomplish the gift of patience, understanding, compassion, grace and loving myself. I am learning the art of being. …

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Recovery Hero: Alan Henley

The Recovery Hero of the week, Alan Henley! I began the journey of recovery in 1986 and have been free of alcohol and drugs since 1988 I am not proud of anything- it is all only by the grace of a power greater than self. I have had a 36 year career as a pharmacist …

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Recovery Hero: Dominique Knowles

Another inspirational Recovery Hero! Thank you so much Dominique for sharing your story with us! My name is Dominique and I have been in sustained recovery for 2.5 years. Recovery has absolutely been the most rewarding journey I allowed myself to experience, including it’s ups and downs. Active participation in the Colorado Springs recovery community …

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Recovery Hero: Trish McPeek

Another week, another recoery hero. We all appreciate this women so much and are thankful for sharing her story with us! Hello, I’m Trish McPeek. I’ve been in recovery for 2 years and 8 months. Prior to my recovery, I was withdrawn from every aspect of my life. Alcohol consumed me. Towards the end of …

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Recovery Hero: Ashley Crockett

Our Recovery hero of the week, Ashley Crockett!!! The camel is just there for support. My name is Ashley Crockett and I have been in recovery for twenty-nine years. One day I awakened in the midst of wreckage caused my substance abuse;I felt I couldn’t go on the way I was living and I wanted …

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Recovery Hero: Joey Johnson

Joey is an integral part of the team at SRC. He also chairs our All Recovery meeting on Tuesday nights. He is a great example of a person who walks the walk. Thanks for all you do Joey! My name is Joey Johnson and I have been in recovery since around September of 2014, however …

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Recovery Hero: Chassity Lemuel

My name is Chassity Lemuel. I have been in sustained recovery from alcohol since November 17, 2016. In my recovery, what I am most proud of is finding the true me. Because of alcohol, I was lost for so many years. I never wanted to be vulnerable, I never wanted to show my weaknesses, and …

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Recovery Hero: Charlene Best

I am Charlene Best and I have been in sustained recovery since 10-17-2013. I am really proud to say that I am free and clear from owing money or having compliance requirements to El Paso County! I have learned how to live and parent drug and alcohol free. I am learning how to problem solve …

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Our Recovery Hero of the week, Luke Johnson!

My name is Luke Johnson and I have been trying to recover my life back, become a better person, and just be plain happy and proud of myself since May 13, 2011. A severe opioid and poly-substance use disorder is what brought me to my knees. I have met so many great people and I …

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