Franklin County inmate uses poetry to recover from drugs

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Nine months. That’s how long Jon Borel has been in prison. However, he has been struggling with drug addiction for much longer.

“Since I was 13, I’ve been switching drugs,” Borel said.

Recently, Borel, now 44, said he had hit rock bottom but was trying to turn things around.

“I started reaching out to find out who God really was and that’s a big turning point when you can get down on your knees and pray and ask for help,” Borel said.

To cope with everything he was going through, Borel began to write poetry.

“It’s like I’m writing things that are almost impossible to do, but it makes me feel good to write them,” he said.

Borel even had one of his poems published.

“I would like to share this message with all who struggle with addiction, fight our compulsive behaviors and fight against self-affliction,” reads one poem. “I lived in constant denial, believing I had all the answers, enjoying the methamphetamine disasters as it stole my life like a cancer.”

Even MPs say they see how writing poetry impacts Borel’s life.

“I’ve seen a big change in Jon,” Sergeant Donnie Segree said. “His writing, he actually pulls it straight from the heart.”

Borel said her goal now is to inspire others.

“If you care about yourself, you respect yourself, if you care about your family, and you have a family you care about, that’s not the path you want to go down,” Borel said.

Jon Borel would continue to struggle with his addiction in prison, as well as write poetry.

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