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Portraits of Recovery: David Gibbs

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September 2022

This podcast episode features a conversation between host Karen Friedman and David Gibbs, about his escape from an addiction to alcohol and drugs that began when he was eight years old.


In this Justice Today episode, host and director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement at the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Karen Friedman, honors National Recovery Month by featuring David Gibbs, who has transformed his life by recovering from addiction and substance abuse disorder. Gibbs completed one year of incarceration in 2019, and at 40 years of age was struggling with an addiction issue that began when he was eight years old. Throughout the episode, Gibbs recounts his early life and how his addiction and substance abuse problems developed; he discusses his experiences with rehabilitation and the criminal justice system, including troubles that plagued him through community re-entry and probation, and his journey to recovery, and his recent celebration of three years of being clean and sober.

Date Published: September 1, 2022