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A Journey Out Of Darkness

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A Journey Out Of Darkness

My name is Elder Ricardo Malone. My battle with a crack cocaine addiction lasted nearly 20 years. My battle ended on Oct.24, 2004. During my 20-year addiction I lost everything.

The last 10 years was spent in and out of jail. A life of being homeless and eating out of dumpsters, bathing in canals, sleeping in places that most people would not even walk. Wearing the same clothes for days. I spent most of my day chasing a crack high. If I put all the county time that I've done it would easily add up to around 5 years.

My journey back was spiritual and ordered by God. I surrendered to Him and He has restored everything back to me. I am now an ordained minister, a published author, a gospel recording artist. I also own and operate my own recording studio and married to the most precious women you can imagine soon to be 8 years. God has been good to me. I have been afforded to speak and share my testimony in so many places which is a blessing and a privelage to do.

My prayer and wish is that others who may be struggling like I was have an opportunity to live a productive life. That's why I share my story every chance that I get an to be an example and to encourage someone else that its not to late to change. I pray someone is encouraged by something that I've said.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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1. Julie
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Ricardo. Congratulations to you on your recovery!