“Every addiction is uniquely woven…so every addiction must be uniquely unwoven” – Shawn Kingsbury
Every relationship, job, and dream was taken by drugs and alcohol. A once star football player had his entire life spiral downward after his first drink in high school. During his Senior year, he found himself in a drunken brawl at a party which resulted in a torn ACL. Shawn soon lost his scholarship to the University Of Idaho due to the injury. His alcohol abuse turned him to other substances including, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroine.
Years later he was discharged from the Marines, charged with four DUI’s, and lost almost every important relationship. Shawn spent years battling his addiction and coming in and out of recovery. He went to various treatments and tried different methods. His loved ones were sure that his addiction would take his life. Along his journey Shawn started to do something different. He began to connect and get active with his peers, and he started to stay sober.
Pura Vida Recovery was inspired by weekly hiking trips with fellow friends in recovery. What started with a hike soon began to morph into a sense of community and comrade. Shawn began to organize other activities and group meetings. Through giving back and helping others find their own sobriety, Shawn found his own recovery.
He is now on a mission to create a larger community built around recovery and encouraging people to rebuild their lives. His new pursuits include: optimal recovery houses for men, and a new business called Pura Vida Works. The recovery houses are designed to keep men active, volunteering, and provide the needed structure to maintain sobriety. Pura Vida Works objective is to give people in early recovery jobs and skills.
Recidivism Support Director/Board Member
“God has freely given love to me. Now I freely give to all in need.”
Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1953, he is a native to his community and advocate for treatment for teens and adults. As a former gang leader and substance abuser he truly understands the destructions of those life choices. In finding the right path he found his passion to become a drug treatment specialist and addiction counselor.
As a mentor of “The Gang Member Program,” William Davis has been serving the youth community of Spokane since 8/1/2016. He arrived here to volunteer as a mentor at Ferris High School and Gary Middle School teaching them about substance abuse, anger management and gang involvement. He also Collaborates with Chief Meidel, Lt. Tracie and Bishop Shon Davis for the City of Spokane on gang issues in our schools. William feels that he went from being a deficit of society to now being an asset.
Along with conducting resource forums and special re-entry groups for SASCA, and parolee clients released from jails/ prison. He finds fellowship as a member of Jesus Is The Answer Church and Kingdom Fellowship Church, under the leadership of Bishop Shon Davis. He is a servant leader that is committed to advancing the betterment off all people, socially, economically and civil.
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Washington Recovery Help Line
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