My name is Amber and I am the very proud wife of Michael Greenhaw. Michael has pled guilty to tampering with a consumer product for stealing fentanyl from the ambulance company he worked for in 2018.

Michael gave a full confession the day he was arrested and has not gone one moment without taking full responsibility, since that day.

We are all in agreement that what he did was wrong, in every way. We can all agree that it has caused a lot of pain for a lot of people.

Here is what you are not hearing...

Michael has completely turned around his life. My husband left the ambulance service and admitted himself to an inpatient rehab facility for addiction.

Our insurance allowed him to stay for 15 days. After those 15 days, he came home and he fought with all he had to get back in.

We went to family, friends, church family and administration at the rehab facility until we were able to get him back in and in the extended program, in which he stayed for 90 days.

During those 90 days, Michael went through intense therapy and counseling and learned a tremendous amount about himself.

Since discharge from that facility, Michael undergoes court-mandated drug testing and we also paid for another drug monitoring program. Michael attends AA meetings four to five times per week.

Michael has spoken at several different facilities regarding his addiction and recovery.

Now, Michael not only works at the same rehab facility he attended, but he is also a Certified Recovery Specialist through the Department of Mental Health.

Michael spends his days working with other medical personnel that are struggling with addiction and sharing his story. He spends his nights at AA meetings, on the phone with addicts that call to get his support and researching addiction and recovery so that he can prepare for classes and lectures that he teaches.

Michael is an amazing husband, father, friend and mentor. I am fighting for him because I am proud of him and I believe in his recovery.

Michael has been sober since Aug. 24, 2018. He has never tried to lessen his role in the wrong decisions he made and he never blamed anyone else.

Michael is the spiritual leader in our family and his faith in God reminds me that redemption is the best story out there. Our friends, family and church family have supported us more than I could have ever imagined.

My husband, our children and I are life-long members of the Arab community and we are truly grateful for the prayers, messages, emails and other ways that we have been supported over the last two years.

I, in no way, want to lessen what he did and, in no way, approve of what he did.

I do, however, believe that he has done, and continues to do, everything in his power to make amends and give back.

We want the other side of the story to be shared so that people can see the redemption and recovery process and have hope for themselves or loved ones that may be caught up in addiction.

If you are struggling with addiction, reach out, you are not alone. If you have made wrong choices in your life or hurt people you love, don’t give up, you are not alone.

I pray that people will look at addicts and question their story. You can’t save someone, I learned that the hard way.

But you can love them from afar and pray that they reach out and save themselves. Again, we appreciate your prayers and support and pray that this redemption story will inspire someone to get the help they need.

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