J O H N, LBRM Part II

As of this year, the Long Beach Rescue Mission claims that roughly 40% of the people that they serve are struggling with a substance abuse issue. Although the intensity of these issues varies, each person who enters the doors of the Rescue Mission is in search of a way to defeat their addiction. John is one of these people. 

John was addicted to methamphetamine for 10 years and has been free of the habit for nearly 9 months. His addiction led him to homelessness and to lose contact with his family. After being discovered "tweaking" at a park in Long Beach, John told us that he surrendered and was done. He was completely tired of the life he was living and was ready to begin a new and healthier journey.

We met John as he was nearing the end of his time at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Listen below as he tells us his story:

Our producer, Alessandro, sets up our recording equipment as John patiently awaits the beginning of his interview. 

Our producer, Alessandro, sets up our recording equipment as John patiently awaits the beginning of his interview. 

John
John shows us around the kitchen where he works at the Rescue Mission alongside some of his co-workers. 

John shows us around the kitchen where he works at the Rescue Mission alongside some of his co-workers. 

John proudly displays his badge that has stickers earned from good behaviour and positive acheivements.

John proudly displays his badge that has stickers earned from good behaviour and positive acheivements.