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Paul’s Story

“God has really blessed me!”

 How does a man who had a “normal life” growing up, who graduated from college and spent time in the military, end up addicted to crack cocaine and facing jail time?

An even better question might be, how does this man turn his life around and end up with a master’s degree in business and his own TV show?

Paul’s story began in Charleston where he was “a quiet young man living a normal life.” Then, nearly 25 years ago, he got involved in drugs. “I was in and out of jail,” Paul says, shaking his head. “I got my third strike for shoplifting and the judge gave me one option: go into a drug treatment program instead of going to prison.”

There were three programs available, and Paul chose the Rebound residential drug and recovery service here at Charlotte Rescue Mission, which gave him “a second chance at life.”

Even with all the restrictions placed on new residents, Paul’s release to the Rescue Mission from jail was still “a feeling of freedom and the chance to get a new start.” The question was, how badly did he want this new life that God had blessed him with?

He attended classes, went to NA meetings off campus and found a new group of friends to hang out with: people who really wanted to change their lives. Having always been a Christian, Paul developed a new appreciation for “what God can do if you allow Him to.”

Once he graduated, Paul began taking his responsibilities seriously. He got a job then brought his 3 and 7-year-old sons to live with him. He got two master’s degrees, and eventually began his own TV show.

The Paul Brown Show provides information and education for the community, and gives community members, politicians, business owners, youth and non-profit organizations an opportunity to show what they are doing.

“God has really blessed me,” Paul says. “Every day that I stay clean, I know that there is an opportunity… from working and going to school to being a responsible member of society.”

“The Rescue Mission taught me how to enjoy life. They educated me about drugs and taught me that if you don’t take [addiction] seriously, you will always end up back where you started.”