Drug Addict Is Turning His Life Around

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

He says he did not have much to live for, but a former drug addict has a new job.

Roger Ramey says he never thought smoking marijuana would lead to using crack cocaine and taking pills.

“I'd do anything to get the drugs. I'd go out and steal from my family members, friends, I hurt a lot of people, and hurt myself in the process,” Roger Ramey said.

Ramey says his world crashed so far down, he didn't think he could climb back up.

“I've never been a suicidal person, but I thought about stuff like that near the end, because I just didn't want to deal with the pressure,” Ramey said.

One day he got a visit from Jason Creech, a local pastor asking inmates if they had any dreams for the future.

“He was miserable where he was, he didn't want to be what he had become and he had pretty much given up on himself, Pastor Jason Creech said.

Months later, Creech and the Bell Whitley Community Action Agency are now giving a now drug-free Roger Ramey a second chance.

Hart's Cycle Sales in Middlesboro is willing to do just that and for Ramey, it couldn't be a better place.

“It excites me, the feeling on a bike when you rev it up and you're taking off, it's just something I've always been into,” Ramey said.

It's an interest, and now work that will replace an addiction.

He says it won't be easy, but he's going to take advantage of the second chance he never thought he would get.

Roger Ramey will get frequent drug tests.

As part of the program, Ramey will get a brand new motorcycle if he is still drug free this time next year.

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