Doug Caine was a good kid - he went to school, got decent grades and made friends. He played music, made some recordings and toured nationwide. But Doug continually befriended the wrong people, entered the wrong environments, ended up shooting heroin; living a toxic lifestyle.
He tried to recover all alone more than once - never with lasting success. Suffering relapse after relapse, Doug landed in jailhouses up and down the state and became a regular in local hospitals and institutions. Homelessness, stealing, hustling, shooting dope in public restrooms... it was one rock bottom after another.
Every time he got loaded, everything got worse. Doug's worst period of active addiction ended like this: "quit using; die in prison; or die in the streets." Those were his options. A treatment center willing to bet on a charity case agreed to take him for a year. He got clean, built a reputation and went on to work for that facility. Doug started studying and learning addiction treatment in a residential program 1999 - he says he's never stopped learning.
In 2006, as a widely experienced, powerful and compassionate professional, Doug founded Sober Champion - an international sober coaching company offering services in 4 continents.
"Everyone needs special treatment; every addict has this disease in different degrees; we all recover at different rates."
"You no longer need fear that no one understands being caught between wanting to get loaded and wanting to get clean," said Doug. "I get it, and the people I work with get it."