Event in Crookston Sept. 21 in UMC’s Prairie Room

    In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, RiverView Recovery Center – in collaboration with the Glenmore Foundation – invites the public to several presentations by speaker Rob Rowsell. Rowsell will share his inspirational story of going from living on the streets, being addicted to crystal meth and crack cocaine, and leading a criminal lifestyle to becoming the successful businessman and author he is today.

    His story of sobriety started at the direction of one of his probation officers who instructed him to admit himself into a thirty-day drug rehab in the late ‘90s. He has been sober since that day.     

    Upon graduation from drug rehab, he had no job, no driver’s license, no car, no place to call home, no credit and two probation officers to contend with on unrelated matters. He owed $15,000 in traffic fines before a license would even be considered, he owed $8,000 in restitution for bad checks he had written, and he owed the IRS $40,000 in back taxes.  

   He knew a thing or two about hurdles and obstacles, but he wasn’t going to let that stop him once his drug habit was behind him.

    In 2001, Rowsell got his driver’s license back. In 2002, three years to the day from when he got sober, he closed escrow on his first home. In 2004, he purchased his first auto repair business with his wife, Claudia. In 2007, the couple attended real estate classes and started their second business, buying, fixing and selling houses. Shortly thereafter, in 2009, they were inducted into the school Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in real estate. In 2010, they bought their third business, auto repair shop number two, and they purchased their fourth business, another auto repair shop, in 2014.     

    In 2016, Rowsell published his first book: “Addicted to Life! How I went from Homeless to Extraordinary Success and Happiness in a Short Period of Time.”

    Today, Rowsell offers coaching sessions designed to help people fix credit issues, purchase their first homes and start businesses or take existing businesses to the next level. He enjoys sharing his story and unique strategies with the desire of helping others experience the same joy and success he is living.

    The public is invited to the following free presentations:

    • Grand Forks: Freedom Church, “Celebrate Recovery,” 308 Demers Ave, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

    • Thief River Falls: RiverView Recovery Center, 309 N. Labree Ave, Ste. 10, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.

    • Grand Forks: University of North Dakota, The Loading Dock, UND Sober Student Group “Been There Done It,” 2901 University Ave., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.

    • Crookston: University of Minnesota Crookston, The Prairie Room, UMC ATOD and Counseling Dept., 2900 University Ave., Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.

    The events are part of National Recovery Month which is held each September. The month-long recognition is meant to spread the positive message that chemical dependency treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

For information on recovery programs through RiverView Recovery Center,  call 800-584-9226.