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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  • by bud Location: man on Nov 14, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    I hope you stick to what u say an good luck I did alot of partyin myself but dont throw down on the grass because grass got me off all the drugs so dont knock it
  • by mandy Location: mount sterling on Nov 13, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    i wish you the best of luck..i'm glad you are getting your second chance.. most people don't get that.. sometimes marijuana is a stepping stone because you are introduced to new people with harder addictions, but the choice is your whether or not to try the drug, no you can't blame everything on marijuana but have some common sense.. stay strong
  • by CM Location: Danville on Nov 13, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    Awesome, Good for you man I know first hand how it is to struggle with a addiction and you hang in there
  • by person with a brain Location: KY on Nov 13, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    It's HILARIOUS how this article tries to blame the prescription drug and hard drug addiction on marijuana. What a joke. Next up, how listening to rock n' roll makes you a satanist.
  • by Randy on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:08 AM
    More police propaganda -telling police what they want to hear.So they will get off his back.Now thats some real truth.
  • by Rebecca Location: Harlan, KY on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:06 AM
    It is wonderful to see someone turn their life around!
  • by carol Location: whitesburg on Nov 12, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    I WOULD LIKE TO WISH THIS MAN GOOD LUCK.IDON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE A ADDITION TO DRUGS BUT I KNOW IT HAS TO BE HARD TO GIVE UP SOMETHING YOU THINK YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.SO I WISH HIM WELL AND TO TELL THAT WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH ASK THE LORD FOR HELP
  • by Proud Wife Location: Ky on Nov 12, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    I`m glad to heard this story. People do deserve a 2nd chance. Thats why I married my husband. He was a drug addict. He tells people I`m the reason that he`s alive today. Because I believed in him and didn`t judge him . Roger, always remember to have faith in yourself. God has a plan for all of us . We must help one another .

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