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Orlando Brown’s Recovery Story

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Orlando Brown fans are rallying around him in support after learning he has recently overcome a battle with drug addiction. Brown is best known for his role as Eddie Thomas in the early 2000’s hit Disney series That’s So Raven. Brown recently made headlines for being arrested in 2007 for marijuana possession and in 2016 for meth possession and battery. Though his past is riddled with struggle, Brown has changed the narrative for the better and is now celebrating recovery. 

Brown’s life changed for the better after he joined Rise Church in Abilene, Texas. Brown’s wife, Danielle, is the one who introduced him to the church last year. Meaning in the five years since his last charges, it took one year of a good community to help thrust him in change. It’s never too late to recover! 

At Rise Church, Brown took part in Rise Discipleship, a free 6-month in-patient recovery program for men who struggle with addiction.  Last year in the Christian Post, Brown opened up about his addiction and recovery process. He said that “I can tell you that I’m OK. I’m alive. I was in an unsafe position and it has been shaky but at the end of the day all I can tell you is I’m OK” He also commented that the Rise Discipleship program was a “great process.” 

One of Rise’s goals is to “help not only those who struggle with drugs and alcohol, but also those who battle depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Every RISE student will be given a biblical foundation that will assist in character building and the leadership development to approach life in a new light.” When he graduated from the program, Brown gave a testimony where he shared that his wife (then fiancee) was the one who helped him find this program. Brown shared that he “had a blast.” He continued to say that “These brothers accepted me for who I am.” 

The Rise program offers housing, food, and basic needs for the men in treatment. The website has written that “The men do not work while they are in the program so they can focus on having life change so they can then go out and be the fathers, husbands and sons their family needs them to be.” Jubal Elod, who Brown described as the “home overseer” commented with pride that ““He’s completely turned around. He got on this like in his third week, hit it like a man. Now he’s leading classes. He’s actually overseeing discipline and teaching other brothers how to get through it.” In a tweet the founder and pastor of Rise Church, Rey Sandoval wrote, “My student Orlando Brown giving his testimony at Rise Church for the Rise Home rally. Proud of you my bro.” 

Since recovering, Brown has been working on Christian themed music and recording albums. One of these singles is titled “Smile on Me.”  

Brown’s story is inspiring and shows that it’s never too late to recover, even after failed attempts or relapses. Having community and fellowship is such a powerful tool in recovery and can really make all the difference. For anyone struggling with addiction in the Texas area, consider joining Rise’s program. If you are a religious person or find religion and spirituality to be helpful to you in recovery, check to see if churches in your area offer similar programs or assistance. Always remember that no matter your circumstances, no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, recovery is possible. 

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