Calvin “Boochie” Brown, 45, has been clean from drugs and alcohol for 12 years. He says the last time he used was when he saw the look on his mother’s face when she caught him doing cocaine. He is now a Narcotics Anonymous sponsor and helps other recovering drug addicts stay clean.

Boochie says he keeps his house open to whoever needs a place to stay for the night. He keeps a close relationship with his sponsees and talks them through the problems they face with recovery and everyday life.

Boochie says people have always come to him for advice and with problems. “I’d be the dope dealer, but I’d also be the one to sit and talk to you,” he said.




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