Michael has a story that began long before the years he spent at Florence State Prison. His solitary confinement cell is where his recovery journey began. Living proof that success, happiness and sobriety is not about resources, Michael has dedicated his life to be of service to others. To show those who are struggling that hopeless does not exist, that no condition is permanent, and that every life is deserving of a second chance.
Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, and has trained extensively under some of the most respected minds in the industry. He is proud to have been mentored and trained by Ken Seeley, Jamie Eater and Rick Parrish of Sober Escorts, Inc., and the late John Southworth and Susan Rosovsky. Additionally, Michael is a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists, a Certified Trauma Professional in training, and is certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute in nonviolent crisis intervention.
An active member of recovery for 14 years, Michael is proud of the 10 years he’s dedicated to field of addiction recovery. Specializing in Family Focused and Trauma focused intervention and case management; he uses his skill of connection to help the family unit heal. This is his calling. Showing others that anything and everything is possible if you hold on to a little hope.
Matt's Drug and Alcohol Use Began at the Age of 15 But it Wasn't Until His Mid 20's That His Weekend Partying Became Full Blown Addiction.
After Almost 10 Years of Opiate and Prescription Pill Abuse, Matt Was Able to Finally Find His Way Into Medical Detox and Drug Rehab.
While In Rehab He Was Able to Find a Relationship With God and Lean On His New Found Faith While Attending Therapy With Some of The Best Therapist in America. He Also Discovered That Others Witnessed What Had Happened and Looked to Him for Guidance. He Now Has Over 9 Years of Sobriety.
God Planted the Seed of Helping Addicts in Matt's Soul. He Began With Helping His Friend, Lance Lang and Hope Is Alive, As A Volunteer Coordinator for Some of the First Night of Hope's.
Years Later He Was Able to Co-Found a Rehabilitation Program and Where He Gained A Lot of Knowledge and Experience.
Feeling That He Was Called to Do Something Different, He Took a Position In Crisis of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Became Certified by The State of Oklahoma as Recovery Support Specialist.
With All His Experience, He Was Always Focused on Launching Another Program That Helped Struggling Addicts. He Left 20 Years of a Career in Information Technology to Follow What God Has Called Him To Do. He Always Says "If I Can Get Sober, Anyone Can Get Sober."
Jennie VanBuskirk-LaFave is the Executive Director of Pryor Main Street and a life-time citizen of Pryor. She has a passion for believing in community and is excited to incorporate her business-mind and compassion for others with this organization.
I grew up in El Reno, Oklahoma, my journey with addiction began when I was 20 years old and in college. I found myself battling a serious IV Meth addiction for 2 years before I entered treatment for the first time. Shortly after, I quickly discovered what cross addiction was when I switched from meth to alcohol. I went to treatment again in September of 2016 and have been sober since. I recently became certified as a recovery support specialist in the state of Oklahoma to continue doing what I am passionate about- helping those in the midst of addiction realize there is hope. I always say that God will always use our hardships for good, and I hope he continues to guide me and allow me to help those still struggling.
Afton’s road to addiction started in the small town of Tahlequah, Ok. At the age of 15 years old she was introduced to methamphetamine and alcohol. This led to a 17-year journey of substituting one drug for another escaping her feeling and numbing any emotion she had.
Her recovery journey started in a Cherokee county jail cell, having the option to read either an Amish book or a Joyce Myers self-help book. Afton chose the Joyce Myers book and after reading the book decided giving her life to Christ was the only thing she had not tried yet as far as getting sober went. Having had her spiritual awakening in jail during a Bible study, she made her decision to give her all to her lord and savior.
After being in recovery she has devoted her time to helping others and sharing her story. She spent a year of voluntary service as a house mother for a faith based sober living house. Living in the sober living home was the most educational tool she could ever have gained. What better way to learn about helping addicts then to be on the front line?
Choosing to encourage and support those still struggling by instilling faith and hope in God. And giving back to others what has freely been given to her has become her purpose in life.
My name is Brie, I am 38 years old. I grew up in Verdigris, Oklahoma. I started doing drugs right out of high school. I would drink and bartend and do an upper to keep up with my schedule. I was in my mid twenties when I started using intravenously. I got in my fair share of trouble with the law and was given probation time and time again for almost a decade before I received drug court in Rogers county for a possession charge in March of 2017. CPS took my youngest daughter away for the second time and this was the only chance I had to get her back. It wasn't easy but I finished drug court in 2019 and got my dream job of a peer recovery support specialist in 2020. I have been doing this for almost two years and enjoy watching people get clean and travel their journey of recovery and place a seed of hope that if I can do it so can they.