Portage grads celebrate battle against drugs
School is mandatory at the facility, as the teens put in the hard work to reclaim the pieces of their young lives.
“I never thought that I would ever finish high school. I was a drug user four-and-a-half months ago,” said Matthew Pascarella, 17.
Pascarella was addicted to speed and crack cocaine.
His drug use caused him to struggle at school and he even became aggressive to family members.
“I was afraid. It’s like you don’t know if he going to be aggressive towards me and to the household,” said Pascarella’s mother Grace Marcarella. “The bad language wasn’t correct. But seeing him today, the way he comes home with respect and manners, I’m proud of him.”