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Episode 59: Ricky & Julie Johnson


My name is Ricky Johnson and I am 39 years old. I'm a five year Marine veteran who recently relocated to Asheville with my wife, Julie. I have been in complete sustained recovery closing in on six years.


I'm a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (with Veteran Stamp) and also WRAP trained. Another one of the roles that I am tasked with is being a mentor for the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court. I am employed through NCServes Western with the Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry (ABCCM).


With my move to Asheville, I brought a history of poor choices that were directly related to substance use. Incarcerations, homelessness, two felony convictions (DWI's/Meth), five years of felony probation, and suspended operator's license for ten years (currently).


My wife Julie is a LMSW, CRAADC, and has a master's degree in business administration. She is employed as the program director through Behavioral Health Group in Asheville.