From BC cabinet to sleeping under a bridge, Vancouver man shares his story of recovery

published on June 29, 2015 by Dan Fumano in The National Post

Relaxed on a comfortable couch in the newly built high-end condo tower he now calls home, Marshall Smith doesn’t need to look far to see where he spent some of the lowest times in his life.

It’s only a stone’s throw – but a world away – from his 21st-storey condo to the spot under the north end of the Granville Street Bridge, where Smith, then homeless and addicted, lived for a time in an old steel shipping container.

Smith described his journey over the last 15 years, from a one-time rising star in the BC government to a homeless addict on the streets of Vancouver to his happy, healthy present and promising future.

In his work now, Smith is in regular contact with Dr. Evan Wood, Vancouver Coastal Health’s medical director for addiction services.

Wood said: “There’s a huge proportion of people and Marshall is a great example, who are in long term recovery and I think we can have every expectation that they’ll continue to be successful in their recovery. We need to celebrate that, and we need to learn from it. It’s a story that needs to be told.”

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