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KJ Harrison-Lombardi

Having battled addictions for a decade, Harrison-Lombardi hopes to continue his turnaround in 2014

CES photo by Kelly MacDonald – PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 24th, 2014) – KJ Harrison-Lombardi had hit rock bottom.

A once-promising athlete, he had long since given up on boxing, replacing his life in the gym with a far less glamorous life on the streets. His relationship with his girlfriend of more than six years had just gone up in flames, and his relationship with his father, a once inseparable bond that had fizzled through the years after his parents separated, remained icy at best.

Mired in a deep depression, he coped with the pain the only way he knew how.

“I always turned to drugs,” he said, “and I never knew when to stop.” Continue reading