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Ian C Follow Up: 2 Years Sober and Succeeding in Grad School

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Ian C Follow Up: 2 Years Sober and Succeeding in Grad School

Thumbnail image for ian smiling.pngIan was a law school student at Georgetown when he dropped out and moved into his mother’s basement.  He isolated himself from life there for 6 months in deep depression, smoking marijuana non-stop.  After an intervention by Jonathan Rauch, then a member of Brad Lamm’s excellent team, he agreed to go to a treatment center in Arizona.  When they gave up on him, Jonathan brought him to Malibu Beach Recovery Center.  Here Ian spent four months in treatment and learned to cope with his depression.  After additional time in a sober living, Ian changed his career goals.  His willingness to be “of service” to fellow alumni and other addicts in early recovery led to him into a yearlong counseling certification program at UCLA. He had no sooner successfully completed those studies when he entered USC’s prestigious graduate school of Social Work.

Ian at Dreamworks

Photos (above) Ian being interviewed in January 2014. (Below) Ian on admission to Malibu Beach Recovery Center on December 20, 2011. (Right) Ian on a tour of Dreamworks Animation Studio on March 29, 2012. Bottom: Ian’s follow up interview with Seth Isler recorded in January 2014 and Malibu Beach Recovery Center, and here for his original interview recorded in July 2012.

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  • Liana

    Ian! Your progress, your journey, and the risks you have taken in your recovery are miraculous. It is a miracle to think of where you were, and where you are now, but in many ways it doesn’t surprise me either. There was always so much light under all that pain and so much talent and wisdom under the suffering. To watch you crippled and stagnant when we all knew how much you had inside was so difficult, but slowly over time, you woke up and that has been such a gift to so many. We are proud to have you as a part of our community. To see you now “awake”, alive and allowing your natural talents to guide you is such a pleasure. You have inspired me and others by sharing your story with authenticity, humility, honesty and integrity.

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