Finley Man elected to Oxford House World CouncilPosted: Updated:
FINLEY, Wash. - Finley resident, David Lawson has been elected to the Oxford House World Council.
Oxford House is an international organization that helps people stay off drugs and alcohol. There are houses for men and women. There are 11 Oxford Houses in the Tri-Cities.
Lawson said he has been clean and sober for four years. He said, "I wake up some mornings. I look in the mirror and think, is this really me? People that knew me before wouldn't believe that this person is doing what I've done and got what I've got."
Lawson was elected to one of 12 prestigious spots on the Oxford House World Council. He said, "I think that's one of the greatest things about life. We can have hope and hope will guide us."
Lawson was guided from a life of crime. He said he has tried every drug in the book and battled alcoholism for years.
He said, "I was terrible. I panhandled on the streets. I stole from my own family.... It was anything for a drink or a drug.... You have to sit back and think wow things have really changed."
Lawson is a leader in the fight for recovery and currently building Walla Walla it's first Oxford House, which is set to open November 1st.
Lawson said he would be able to make more of a difference locally by working on the world council. There are Oxford Houses in almost every state in the United States.
According to a government study through DePaul University recovery rates are very high for people who stay clean in the house for 15 months.