With thousands battling addiction across Kentucky and hundreds dying yearly in our communities, Addiction Recovery Care brings the discussion and solutions to your televisions. Inside ARC is a 30-minute show is centered around real people, stories, and conversations. The show airs Thursday nights at 7:00 PM and again Friday at 10:00 AM on WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky.
Episode two features Addiction Recovery Care Community Liaison and Letcher County Pastor Michael Clark. He grew up in Harlan County, played sports, and was a high-performing student. However, after parties would lead Michael down a difficult road, he spent years battling addiction.
A few years ago, Michael entered treatment, and as the old saying goes, the rest is history.
“I started to dream again.” said Clark “I had gone my whole life since I was a child, and I hadn’t dreamed. I had given up on everything I had ever wanted.”
Clark finished his education, earning a degree. He now works in jails, courtrooms, and communities across eastern Kentucky, helping others discover long-term recovery. Possibly most importantly, he rooted a church in downtown Whitesburg, got married, and owns a home.
“I’m still dreaming. I’m still believing my best days are in front of me,” added Clark. “I couldn’t be at my son’s baseball games – I was banned from the field. I’m the baseball coach now. I wasn’t there to see my daughter start high school. But I helped my daughter pack up, and she’s in pharmacy school now. I’m the dad she always needed.”