“I am a firm believer that anything is possible. I know the struggles of picking up the pieces, of rebuilding. Today my son and I have a beautiful relationship. I have no regrets.”

Drug Rehab Success Story

Shanin Rapp was born to a 14-year-old, drug-addicted mother who put her up for adoption. She was sexually and emotionally abused in her adoptive home, and had already started “sipping” alcohol by the age of 12. On her first time really drinking, she drank a fifth of vodka in less than 10 minutes and her heart stopped. Fortunately she was in school and was given CPR and was revived. That bad experience only served to spur her on to more drinking, and eventually being kicked out of her home at 17. Experimentation with drugs came next with no real consequences until she was introduced to freebase or crack cocaine and it was “love at first use.”

In two short years she destroyed everything that was dear to her. She willingly gave up her son to her sister so that she could run free, also losing her home, her marriage, and almost her life. Waking up from

a four-days-long coma on her 30th birthday in a strange hospital in Colorado, she realized that she didn’t want to

die. Choosing life meant getting help while she rebuilt her life and worked toward getting her son back. “I am a firm believer that anything is possible,” she says. “I know the struggles of picking up the pieces, of rebuilding. Today my son and I have a beautiful relationship. I have no regrets.”

Shanin earned her LSAC and works in the adult felony drug court. She sits on many boards and committees within the local treatment and recovery com- munity and works tirelessly to promote recovery in Utah. “I will always work in this field to help make treatment and recovery accessible, acceptable and understood.”


Mark - Recovery from Narcotics


As the child of a narcotics addict, Mark Van Wagoner suffered with opiate addiction since the age of 19. While on the surface living a respectable life, his private life was crumbling and he literally faced death and prison a few times in his journey. His turn- ing point came when on the brink of losing everything—his wife, his children, his

job, and possibly his life—he heard these words in a movie: “You gotta get busy living, or get busy dying.” He chose living and started down the difficult path to recovery.

Mark is a well-known local TV and radio personality, and even though he was warned professionally to “keep quiet” about his struggle with addiction, he and his family determined that if his example could result in just one other person finding recovery, the consequences to his work and status would be justified. He has since been an outspoken advocate for intervention and recovery—living proof that addiction reaches into every stratum of society, and also living proof that people can and do recover.

Mark volunteers freely in the treatment and recovery community, and he and his wife have served a substance abuse recovery mission for their church. He is a frequent public speaker to doctors, pharmacists, legislators, and prison groups, volunteering his considerable talents to wiping out this plague. Because of his association with the media,

he has had many opportunities to speak about his recovery and his life-long challenge on television and ra- dio as well as online. His life has been blessed by recovery as he has been able to keep his family together, send his five children to college, and live a meaningful and productive life.

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