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Sentenced to 65 years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any dream. 

A natural  born leader with good looks and charm, a high school football star, and a starting quarterback at the University of North Texas, he appeared to be the All-American kid living out his dreams until suffering career-ending injuries.

Today, Damon works for the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, TX. When not out speaking to schools and sports teams about the dangers of drugs and the consequences of bad decisions, he spends his free time volunteering, doing service work, attending 12 Step recovery groups, exercising and enjoying his new life with his family and faith community at St. Elizabeth’s Church.


His message is both a cautionary tale and one of hope and perseverance in the face of the most extreme odds.

Damon West

Funding for this initiative was made possible  by grant no. 1H79TI081720 from SAMHSA.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by DAODAS.

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