Short documentary spreads message of hope in Vermont during addiction

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A new short documentary is spreading the message of hope for those struggling with addiction in Vermont. It’s part of a new initiative being launched by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“The answer I always give is I got the heck out of my own way,” said Justin Goulet, recovering drug user.

Goulet grew up in Vermont and always had a passion for the gym. He worked as a collegiate strength coach but at 23, a spine injury would prove to be devastating.

“Eventually I convinced the doctor to throw the oxy at me, things really spun out of control,” he recalled in the film.

Goulet became addicted to heroin. He found himself doing odd jobs, even renting out his car to feed the addiction.

“My way just never worked it just brought me back to the same spot,” he said.

Goulet later found himself in trouble with the law. He was convicted of federal drug and gun crimes. The prosecutor was current U.S. Attorney for Vermont, Christina Nolan.

“There is hope, there is hope, there is help, take heart and have faith,” she said.

After several years of abuse, Goulet entered a 12-step recovery program.

“I took responsibility for my actions and I take responsibility for my recovery but I can’t take credit for it,” he said.

The former defendant and prosecutor have now found themselves working together.

Partnered with Prom Creative in New York, the pair produced ‘Face of Recovery’ a short documentary which carries the message of hope.

“I got involved with this project purely with the intention of trying to help somebody,” said Goulet.

You can watch the full documentary here.

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