Ron Gavin had a promising career as an Air Force pilot destroyed by drugs and alcohol. He once beat his mother and stole her car to feed his habit.
I couldnt function anymore, said Gavin, 48, of St. Petersburg.
While serving a seven-year sentence in state prison, he was sent to Reality House, a taxpayer-funded treatment center in Daytona Beach, where he got off drugs, renewed his religious faith and rediscovered his self-esteem.
Now Gavin has a stable job at a seafood company, is engaged and proudly telling his life story in the hope he can inspire others.
Its refreshing to stand behind a podium and not be sentenced,…