When Michael Poster was a boy nearly seven decades ago, neighbors his current age would ask what he hoped to do when he grew up.

“No kid ever says, ‘I want to be a heroin addict,’” the Dummerston resident notes. “But that’s what I became.”

A teenage Poster used and sold drugs to escape anxiety and depression, only to eventually stop and work as a motorcycle mechanic, then an artist, carpenter, cabinetmaker, businessman, and finally a photographer.

Reaching retirement age at 65, he came full circle and visited the local Turning Point addiction recovery center in hopes of volunteering.

“It was important for me to see what recovery was like for people now,” he says, “and to try to give back.”

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