Recovering addict uses #DecadeChallenge to inspire others

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NITRO, W.Va (WOWK) — A West Virginia man’s photo showing his transformation using the #DecadeChallenge, one of the latest social media trends comparing a photo of you now to you 10 years ago, is getting people talking for a different reason.

Those participating in the trend usually show awkwardness, different features, weight loss, and other ways they’ve transformed. But Jason Wickline decided to share how he overcame his addiction.

“Just because someone falls, doesn’t mean they can’t get back up. They can fall tomorrow, but just because that happens doesn’t mean it’s the end of their story,” Wickline said.

Wickline has been struggling with addiction for years. He started to dabble into different drugs in his early 20s and lost custody of his son, not once, but twice. He got the family house condemned and was really struggling to get help. The night he got arrested, Child Protective Services were there to pick up his now 9-year old son, Krystian.

“And at 4 years old he turned around and said, ‘Daddy I love you; I’ll never forget you.’ So, at 4 he understood that life was never going to be the same again. He was fully prepared to accept that he’ll never see his daddy again,” Wickline told WOWK.

Jason has now been sober for 33 months and has full custody of his son. He says he is thankful that he gets to do basic things for Krystian, like feed him, bathe him, wash his clothes, and cook him dinner.

He now advocates for More Than Addiction and says that staying involved in other people’s recovery process has what has helped him the most.

“If my story helps one person, then it was all worth it, it was all worth it. Because somewhere right now, there’s a little boy, or a little girl, that don’t know where their Mommy or Daddy’s at,” Wickline said.

Wickline said he wants people to know that recovery is possible, and to reach out to him on Facebook if you want to connect with him, and need help.

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