David F: A Midwest Union Member Finds Addiction Recovery in Malibu
David first called October 1, 2012. On the surface, he seemed an unlikely fit. A soft-spoken, 37-year-old, small-town Indiana union member who had just escaped from a local treatment center. He found Malibu Beach Recovery Center on the internet and improbably picked up the phone. I wondered if someone like David could survive without fast food, and do three hours of yoga each day. But our brilliant therapist Allen Glass, also from Indiana, assured me David was someone we could help him. As usual, he was right.
From the day he arrived, David was a diligent client, but also a tough case. He had been drinking since 13. Abusing opiates since he had reconstructive knee operation at 23. By the time he called the first time, he was shooting heroin, using meth and had been arrested numerous times.
All in all, with the help of union insurance, David spent almost 200 days in treatment. He spent more than 90 days in Malibu the first time. He graduated, failed to follow his aftercare plan, relapsed and returned for another more than 90 days.
Below: David tells Seth Isler in a recent interview, filmed at his dad’s home in Indiana, that today he is a different person.