Ex-drug addict has unique approach to helping kids

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor

Mark Lundholm describes himself as a former homeless drug addict comedian.

He grew up in a dysfunctional family destroyed by alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

At 29, he weighed 120 pounds and was living under a bridge in Oakland, California.

One night, he put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. It jammed.

He decided that God had a larger plan for him and checked into detox. Now, 28 years later, he tours the country speaking at rehab centers, prisons, churches, and high schools. He doesn't preach or teach, he just gives straight-talk about choices and consequences.

Watch Local 4's Steve Garagiola's interview with Lundholm while he was at the Brighton Center for Recovery.

 

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