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'I woke up in Klamath County Jail & realized I needed to start doing something different'

Shawn Sorensen turned to drugs and alcohol at a young age to cope with his parents' divorce. Now he's turning his life around. (SBG)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- September is National Recovery month, and a local organization is helping those in recovery rebuild their lives.

Shawn Sorensen turned to drugs and alcohol at a young age to cope with his parents' divorce.

He managed to overcome the addiction until recently.

"My marriage fell apart and I fell back into it after being clean for about six years," said Sorenson.

He went from working and raising two kids to spending time in and out of jail.

"Finally, I woke up in Klamath County Jail and I realized that I needed to start doing something different, because the way I was doing it wasn't working."

He's now at Bay Area First Step, a peer-run organization that offers recovery mentorship and transitional housing.

“This place is amazing,” he said, “it’s all the resources and everything I need to rebuild my life."

Sorensen says the pain he went through during his parents’ divorce motivates him to do better for his kids.

"Having to feel that my kids are going through that, too, it's really motivated me to do whatever I gotta do to get them back and do something different."

Sorensen's children are currently staying with in-laws. He now has a full-time job and is going back to school this fall.

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