Jason, after his intervention
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Jason is now 11 months sober. As he looks back at his intervention, he says he's finally able to feel the love his family shared.

"Right now is actually the first time that I've actually really broken down and started really feeling my emotions ," he says. "I've never really taken it to heart and soul, especially when they did my intervention. I was so high that I couldn't cry or express any kind of emotion."

Jason is also starting to open up about what happened during his high school years instead of hiding behind drugs. "I didn't know [the Columbine shooters] personally. But, to be honest, I did pick on them, and we knew who they were," he says. "They were the outcasts of Columbine High School."

Now, Jason says he uses his pain and his past to motivate him to stay clean. "I don't want to bring myself to that low again or hurt myself or hurt my family or anybody around me again," he says.

Within the next year, Jason hopes to become a diving instructor. "It gives me my own high of excitement and learning," he says.
FROM: Intervention: The Man Eating Himself to Death
Published on January 21, 2010

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