Recovery & Recidivism Coach Intern - Ryan Morgan
My goal in life was to always remain true to myself.
To be honest and make good decisions, unfortunately, along the way I got lost in the mix.
I began to veer off at an early age. I was raised in an amazing home in Grand Junction with good parents with mediocre values. I started my relationship with alcohol and drugs at 15 despite my parent’s rules or anyone's regulations.
I first used illicit drugs at the age of 22. I can remember the first day I ever tried opiates. I was instantly hooked. I didn’t know it would have me living on Colfax Ave., discovering prostitution, and that I would be living proof that domestic violence can work both ways. For the moment I enjoyed doing drugs because they numbed me completely. In and out of mental and substance abuse programs, rehabs, and prison I eventually entered the ADMIT program; a reentry program dedicated to dual diagnosis treatment throughout multiple counties. They gave me a bus pass, a home to call my own, a support system, and most of all, the respect of Deputy Conger. In the past, I didn't get along with law enforcement, but I succeeded. Deputy Conger made sure that I succeeded.
As a single father, my world revolves around my daughter. Wherever you find my daughter, you will find me. I have cared for my child since she was born and it's true what they say "it takes a village". I'm am so fortunate to have a supportive family and friends that I love.
I lost my father to a drug overdose at 55 years old. His addiction only started five years prior and I lost the opportunity to attend his service because of how I allowed my addiction to alter my life.
After a brush with death and a loss of over 130lbs, I began my spiritual journey. Now strapped in for the ride I am structured, driven, and I have a team around me that holds me accountable to ensure my long-term sobriety. I am excited to use my experience and certifications to lend a helping hand to the system I once was a part of and a group of people I consider family.
I am passionate about recovery because I consider this “war on drugs” as the longest, worst, most expensive, disgraceful attempt of a war. We need recovery, we need treatment and I wish I would have had someone like me in the past to teach me these things. I want to be that person for at least one if not many people because I am tired of this disease winning.
GOD is LOVE & LOVE is GOD
Recovery Coach Intern