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Vancouver Sun – A B.C. college instructor’s novel life of prison, addiction and recovery
Criminologist and behavioural scientist Geri Bemister has been many things: A victim, a thief, a prisoner and an addict. But she’s survived it and now works hard at a life of integrity, honesty and helping others recover from addiction.
Late one night in June 1988, Geri Bemister smashed in the door of a Victoria pharmacy with a hammer and bolt cutters, grabbed the drugs she knew she could sell, and ran.
She was 19, an alcoholic, addict and already entrenched with criminals when that smash-and-grab landed her in a federal prison. It only increased her street credibility and fuelled her fascination with the gang lifestyle. That, in turn, fuelled her addiction, which nearly claimed her life at 35.
At that point, her family intervened and got her into rehab. From there, she went on to university as a student and then teacher.
Her novel path makes her a uniquely qualified criminology instructor, behavioural scientist and addictions counsellor. And while it’s hard not to describe her path as inspiring and extraordinary, Bemister rejects that description.
To read the full article written by Daphne Bramham please head over to the Vancouver website: A B.C. college instructor’s novel life of prison, addiction and recovery.