Video: Man reunited with theft victim who helped him get on path to recovery

Video: Man reunited with theft victim who helped him get on path to recovery
    DONNA: 11-NEWS REPORTER LISA
    ROBINSON FIRST BROUGHT US THE
    STORY OVER THE SUMMER AND HAS
    THIS SPECIAL 'STATE OF
    ADDICTION' REPORT.
    LISA: IN AUGUST KAITLYN SMITH
    AND AERIC MCCOY WERE RE-UNITED
    AT THE AIRPORT.
    SMITH BROUGHT MCCOY HOME FROM
    FLORIDA AFTER A 28 DAY STAY IN
    REHAB.
    FROM THE AIRPORT SHE TOOK HIM
    STRAIGHT TO THE JOHNS HOPKINS
    BROADWAY CENTER FOR ADDICTION
    FOR A COMPREHENSIVE 90 DAY
    PROGRAM.
    WHEN I SAW HIM GET OFF THE
    PLANE I FELT LIKE I KNEW HE WAS
    GOING TO THE RIGHT PROGRAM.
    I HAD BEEN CONCERNED THAT MAYBE
    HE WAS'T IN THE RIGHT PROGRAM SO
    I WAS HAPPY THAT HE WAS ON HIS
    WAY INTO GOOD HANDS.
    LISA: SMITH AND MCCOY WERE
    BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THIS PURSE.
    IT WAS STOLEN FROM SMITH AND
    MCCOY FOUND IT IN A WEST
    BALTIMORE ALLEY WHERE HE USED
    HEROIN.
    HE SAW A BILL INSIDE THE PURSE
    WITH SMITH'S ADDRESS AND DECIDED
    TO FIND HER.
    I JUST HEARD A VOICE THAT
    SAID, YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT.
    LISA: MCCOY REVEALED HE WAS
    USING HEROIN AND WANTED TO GO TO
    REHAB.
    SMITH TOLD HIM IF HE FOUND A
    PLACE SHE WOULD GET HIM THERE.
    HE FOUND THE PROGRAM IN FLORIDA.
    SMITH FLEW HIM THERE.
    SINCE COMING BACK HE HAS MADE
    PROGRESS.
    HE IS EARNING MONEY DOING
    LANDSCAPING FOR SMITH AND
    OTHERS
    HE HAD OWNED A LANDSCAPING
    BUSINESS UNTIL HE PAWNED OFF HIS
    EQUIPMENT FOR DRUG
    >> WILL I FEEL LIKE A NEW
    PERSON.
    BEFORE I WAS 60 POUNDS LIGHTER I
    .
    I WAS BASICALLY GOING THROUGH
    THE MOTIONS OF PERSON USING
    NARCOTICS.
    LISA: AT THE INTENSE OUTPATIENT
    PROGRAM AT THE BROADWAY CENTER,
    MCCOY GETS COUNSELING, AND HELP
    PLANNING HIS FUTUR
    DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT
    THIS TIME?
    I KNOW I CAN MAKE AT THIS
    TIME.
    I GOT EVERYBODY'S SUPPORT.
    GOT YOUR SUPPORT, ALL THE
    PEOPLE WHO DONATED AND I GOT MY
    FAMILY BACK.
    LISA: SO MANY TIMES MCCOY'S
    FAMILY TRIED TO HELP HIM.
    I ASKED WHY HE'S ABLE TO STOP
    USING WITH SMITH'S HELP.
    >> I DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT
    HER.
    I DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT
    ANYBODY ELSE.
    LISA: SMITH SAYS SHE'S GLAD SHE
    BECAME INVOLVED WITH MCCOY'S
    RECOVERY.
    >> I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH.
    I FEEL REALLY GRATEFUL IT'S
    OPENED MY EYES TO THE HUMAN SIDE
    OF ADDICTION THAT CAN HAPPEN TO
    ANYONE.
    LISA: WHILE GETTING BACK ON HIS
    FEET MCCOY IS ALSO DEALING WITH
    PICKING UP THE PIECES OF HIS
    LIFE, LIKE BUYING A SCOOTER FOR
    TRANSPORTATION TO DO ODD JOBS.
    THE GO FUND ME PAGE SMITH SET UP
    FOR HIM HAS HELPED HIM RECOVER
    SOME OF HIS LANSCAPING
    EQUIPMEN
    IN THE SPRING HE HOPES TO
    RE-ESTABLISH THE BUSINESS HE
    LOST
    >> LANDSCAPING, CUTTING GRASS,
    PLANTING TREES.
    TRYING TO MAKE THE OUTSIDE WORLD
    A BETTER PLACE.
    >> THE PURSE REMINDS ME EVERYDAY
    THINGS CAN BE LOST AND CAN BE
    RECOVERED, JUST LIK PEOPLE
    MIGHT LOSE THEMSELVES IN
    ADDICTION BUT THEY CAN RECOVER.
    DONNA: NICE STORY.
    THE GO FUND ME PAGE IS STILL UP
    AND RUNNING.
    KAITLYN SMITH HOPES EVENTUALLY
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