Kevin M: An Alaskan Finds Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol in Sunny Malibu California
I first heard from Stacey on February 6, 2013. She emailed me from Wasilla Alaska.
“My son has been on a self-destruct path now for over a year. He has admitted to using the following: Cocaine, meth, heroin, marijuana. He also has admitted to drinking. I will tell you that he is currently incarcerated. He fell fast and furious. He stole a car and is serving a 90 sentence. He has asked for help. So therefore I’m writing to you. He knows that when he gets out here in March that he is going to need further help.”
I admit being hesitant about taking Kevin – his story was a little too horrific. I imagined a hard core criminal. But Stacey insisted he was a great kid who lost his way and would benefit from what Malibu Beach Recovery Center had to offer. We began with Stacey the often arduous task of getting approvals from the Departments of Justice in California and Alaska. Improbably Kevin was allowed to leave Alaska under the Interstate Compact and spend 90 days in Malibu supervised by a Los Angeles country probation officer.
Note: Be sure to also read the detailed comments made about this article by Kevin and Stacey.
Below: Seth Isler’s interview with Kevin, recorded in Alaska last January, about his journey from jail and despair into a life filled with hope and promise.