OU students call for addiction recovery program

Norman-Dustin Huckabe never imagined that at only 18 years old, he would be standing in front of a judge with felony charges.

Huckabe started using drugs and alcohol when he was 13 to self-medicate, and by the time he was 18, he was on probation for felony charges and put in a zero-tolerance boot camp for three months.

Huckabe was unable to get a job anywhere when he was released from the boot camp because of his charges, and relapsed and was put in the boot camp again for six months. He relapsed again after being released, but this time started using heroin.

Huckabe finally reached his breaking point and realized he could die if he didn’t seek help, so he joined a 12-step recovery program, and after a long battle, is now seven and a half years clean.

“By the time I was 18 years old, I had two felony charges on my record already, and I couldn’t even get a job at Subway,” Huckabe said. “I didn’t get sober until I was 23, and I’ve been struggling with it since I was 13. I mean, it affected every aspect of my life — every single aspect of it.”

Huckabe, a social work junior, started the student organization Students in Recovery in fall 2018 and is the president of the organization, and said he is calling on OU President James Gallogly to support a collegiate recovery program on campus.

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