At WestCare California’s drug rehab facility in southwest Fresno, patients check-in to stay anywhere from 30 days to six months.
Cleadus Shelton helps put people on a path to sobriety.
“We guide them and direct them and educate them and challenge them on a daily basis,” said Cleadus Shelton of WestCare.
“It feels good to be loved,” said Robert, a recovering drug addict.
Robert, who did not want to use his last name, did agree to sit down with CBS47 to share his story of what brought him to WestCare.
“I was looking to be saved. I was an addict out there on the streets with nowhere to go,” said Robert.
The 49-year old has been a user since he was 14. He became hooked on drugs like Heroin and PCP.
Reporter: “How familiar with Honey Oil are you?”
“I smoked Honey Oil a few years ago but didn't really care for it. It got me so high that I got paranoid because it really expanded the lungs,” said Robert.
We focus on Honey Oil because police say the production of it is what led to a blast that blew out windows at the Colonia Del Sol apartments Tuesday.
Two men are accused of using butane lighter fluid to extract a super concentrated, sticky substance from marijuana.
Reporter: “What are you thoughts when you see people do this sort of stuff?”
“Well I think they're very stupid,” said Robert.
Robert has been around the production process a handful of times, but it was always done outdoors.
“All it takes is a spark when you have those fumes up in your house,” said Robert.
Fortunately no innocent bystanders were hurt. However, Robert says when he was looking to get high, he had no regard for his surroundings.
“When you're an addict you're just thinking about yourself. How to get that drug and how to make your money,” said Robert.
WestCare is now working with Robert to change that mindset.
“Once they're bought in that's when treatment and recovery truly starts to work,” said Shelton.
And Robert is ready for a clean lifestyle.
“I feel there is a purpose for me to be in this world today,” said Robert.
WestCare welcomes men and women with and without kids. Federal funding for treatment may be available for you or someone you know. Just contact WestCare's admissions office at (559) 237-3420. You can also click the link posted above.
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