Restaurant owner working against the odds, employing recovering addicts

Ninety percent of Perez’s employees have some sort of addiction in their past, within the last two years. Jason Gibson is on his fourth try at recovery. “In my 20s it was opiates, oxycontin, basically any opiate I could get my hands on. Lately, it had become more of a meth addiction,” he said. He’s been staying at the Shephard’s House for two months. The Shephard’s House is one of the residential living facilities DV8 Kitchen pulls from for employees. “I just hit the bottom. I was just tired of it. I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed the accountability. I needed the structure,” said Gibson.

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