Recovery addict returns to Northeast Ohio to help after her own battle with drugs

Updated: Jan. 14, 2019 at 5:14 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Deborah King is the daughter of the iconic boxing promoter, Don King. She has lived in Florida for decades after leaving her native state of Ohio.

King gained fame in the promotions world at the feet of her famous father.

She lived a high-profile life among the biggest names in the boxing world, but her world came crashing down around her when she got hooked on cocaine. She says it gave her the kind of balance that she lacked because of her bipolar disorder.

Realizing her addiction was causing her family embarrassment and herself pain is what lead to thoughts of suicide that she fought her way back to sobriety after being knocked down. She went back to school, got a degree and specialized training in mental health issues.

She recently moved back to Ohio hoping to open a facility in Glenville, the Cleveland community is which she was born, to bring her healing message of overcoming drug addiction.

She’s reaching out to those who are hurting.

King says, “I put myself in grad school at 50 years old, came out with a degree in mental health counseling because I wanted learn everything there was to learn about the brain and why we do the thing that we do.”

King, like so many celebrities, know what it’s like to live at the top of their game. She, like so many other from all walks of life learned life’s hard lessons and what it’s like to fall from grace. She sees her survival as a chance to give back after overcoming her drug addiction.

“Your mind is the most powerful tool you have. You can either use it for the good or for the bad. It’s up to you, choices are so important. You got to learn how to make that right choice,” King says. "It’s easy to follow in the crowd and that’s why I’m pushing ‘Life is the the new cool.’ Stand up alone, say that I want to live today!

Dr. King stands on her own two feet after walking in the footsteps of her famed father. She at 50 plus, has come of age living her own truth and telling it to everyone who’s willing to listen to her potential life-saving message of self-survival.

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