Who We Are - krēd

Who We Are

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krēd was created by a group of friends in recovery from drug addiction who share a passion for living life and giving back. Unconditional love and never giving up formed strong bonds between us as we helped each other climb out of our addictions. We discovered that being real with one another was vital to finding a new way of life along with being physically, mentally, and spiritually fit. These experiences that we shared in early recovery gave birth to the idea of krēd.

The foundation of krēd comes from our desire to share the message of hope and to give back to others. By giving our resources and time, we aim to help others find freedom from addiction while bringing the issues of recovery into the public eye. We want to break down the barriers and stereotypes surrounding addiction that often hinder a person’s ability to seek help. A portion of all sales goes to further our cause. At krēd, we are on the front lines in the battle against addiction where things get raw and ugly. We have been there in our own lives, and we are willing to face the issues that some don't want to talk about.  

Whatever your struggle, the message of krēd is that there is freedom. Whether addiction has touched your life or the life of someone you love, we invite you on this journey with us. Together we can accomplish what we can never do alone.

Come join us on our journey and experience krēd to the core.

 

 

Meet Our Team

 

Greg Love

My name is Greg and I am a recovering addict. I was adopted at a young age. My biological father was verbally and physically abusive to my mother. He was in active addiction until a year ago when he passed away. My stepfather was a decorated pilot in the war and he was very strict, but I grew up wanting for almost nothing.  

When I was 13, I lost my thumb in a warehouse accident. I was very self-conscious about myself from that day forward. I started drinking that same year and by the time I was in high school, I was smoking marijuana and taking speed. My using and drinking continued in college and throughout my working career.  

I had two failed marriages but was successful in business. I had twin sons yet I traveled on a whim and partied like a rock star for many years. By 2013, I could no longer function. I disappeared for weeks at a time, losing myself in drinking and drugging benges all while wasting money on whatever I could to help fill the void.

December 20, 2013 was the last day I drank or used.  I had left my sons at a neighbor’s while I partied. When I picked them up, I drunkenly ran over things in my neighborhood and threw my son against a wall because he was yelling at me. My family intervened and I finally got help. I started attending NA meetings, got a sponsor and surrendered everything I had to God, He has kept me clean and showed me how to be spiritually, physically, and mentally fit.  

Now, I enjoy working with recovering addicts and showing them how to live a full life without drugs. Life is all good – we take it one day at a time."

 

Chad Gibson

I grew up north of Knoxville in a small community called Halls Crossroads. Growing up, I was always the “good kid” who made straight A’s and never got into trouble. All of that changed in high school when I just wanted to be part of the “cool kids.” I tried alcohol and marijuana at age 15 and they quickly became part of my regular routine - getting drunk and high was all that I wanted to do. Still, I graduated high school at the top of my class and went to the University of Tennessee where my partying really started to get out of control - more parties, more drugs and more problems starting to pop up in my life.

 

By the time I graduated college in 2010, I had discovered pain pills. This habit eventually progressed to full-blown heroin addiction by 2013 while I was living in Memphis and attending dental school. I withdrew from school to go to rehab, certain that my life was over. After stumbling a couple of times and hitting rock bottom, it wasn't until autumn of 2014 that I finally surrendered to God and to recovery. I started taking suggestions and listening to other people. Life hasn’t been the same since. 

 

I used to struggle daily but now my life in recovery is easy and fulfilling. I can’t even begin to count all the blessings that have come into my life in such a short time. As long as I put God first, things continue to fall into place just as they should.”

 

 

Corey McLemore

“I came into the world on May 17, 1990. From as early as I can remember, I was always looking for something different. You see, I have been a addict all my life. Before the drugs, I was addicted to toys, attention and even my imagination - anything that would distract me from reality. My father was an addict and his addiction took his life. When I was 6 years old, he was shot and killed in a drug-related incident. After my father was killed, I always thought there was something wrong with me or that something was not right. I used his death as an excuse to start drinking and using.

I started drinking at the age of 12, and I knew that I had found something that could help me feel like I was normal. But after the novelty of drinking had worn off, I still had the feeling that there had to be something more, that there had to be something better. I started smoking marijuana when I was 13 and by the time I was 14 I was using IV drugs almost every weekend. My friend with whom I was using with at the time and I thought nothing much of hardcore drug use, just that we were just more mature in use than everyone else around us.

After graduating, my life began a slow descent down a drug infested path. I thought I could sell drugs and it not affect me but the only thing that happened was my addiction worsened. I ended up going to jail for the first time when I was 19. I was in and out of jail many times after that until the age of 23, when I caught a manufacturing charge that saved my life. I went to jail yet again. I was a 135 pounds soaking wet and looked like death.

 

Something was different this time, I was tired, I was sick, and I was ready to change. I entered a program called Drug Court and have done very well so far. I can say today that I have not used or drank in over two years! I have a strong passion to help others and I know that is why I am clean today. I recently was blessed with a little girl whom I get to show how to love others and how to help others that are in need. For me, that's what this recovery thing is all about - taking our message to the streets and saving lives. My Higher Power didn't allow me to get clean just to sit, He got me clean so I could make a difference.”

 


Nathan Clapp

“My name’s Nathan and I am, in fact, an addict. I feel like I’ve had the privilege of living two completely different lives. I grew up in a loving home, had great parents and never went without - unlike a lot of addicts. I excelled in school and sports; I seemed to have a bright future ahead of me. There was something missing, though - a void inside. I wanted to fill that void by looking good in the eyes of others and by gaining recognition through my achievements. I never felt good about myself.


   The first time I got high I thought I had found my destiny, so I chased it from day one. Eventually, getting high stopped working. I found myself back to living in that approval-seeking world I tried so hard to break free from only this time I couldn’t go a day without shoving needles in my arm. Dying would’ve been a gift at this point. I had thrown away everything and everyone that ever mattered for one more fix day after day. I rotated from treatment centers to jails and back constantly. There was no hope, or so I thought.

   After many failed attempts at recovery, I finally found power in people. I surrounded myself with the ones that had been through what I was going through and made it out alive. I had faith that I could one day live a happy, productive life. I live that life today and it’s much better than I ever imagined. I have a family that trusts me, friends that would do anything for me and so much love to give to others. My destiny is to give back what I was given. krēd is a lifestyle and a fountain overflowing with hope.