Man once addicted founder of new drug, alcohol treatment center in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. - Scotty Sample entered his first treatment for addiction at 15-years-old.

Oxycotin progressed to heroin.

Fear of death, did not even deter Sample's use.

"I was either going to die, or I had to get sober," Sample said.

Sample got clean years later, but in sobriety, lost his best friend.

"I just had it on my heart that, you know, I can't, I can't go through that again," Sample said.

Three-and-a-half years sober, Sample and local doctor, Carrie Randazzo, have created this.

A four-bedroom, six-person facility.

"You hear so much about the epidemic, but you don't hear so much about the success," Sample said. "And you know, I want Fresno to know that there is a solution for the epidemic."

24-hour supervision, and a drug or alcohol detox.

"After the detox phase, then they come to the residential phase," Sample said. "And that's when they'll participate in group and adventure therapy." 

Flindt Andersen is the founder and president of PAIN, Parents and Addicts In Need. His organization works to refer addicts and support their families, seeing 10 or so people a week.

"It is something that has taken over our society in general, and Fresno and Clovis, and the surrounding areas, we are not immune to it." 

Andersen says a center here, could move mountains in the fight.

"We're kind of tired of sending people, you know, to LA, to Florida," Andersen said. "And some of those other places, we want to build that recovery network right here, in Fresno."

For sample, the project is full circle.

"I was able to use my past experience, to you know, help somebody else, and I think that was like, the true miracle for me in my life," Sample said. "There is an awesome life out there, and I'm pretty much, you know, living proof of that."

Sample's message to anyone dealing with addiction is to reach out, it could change your future.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.


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