Spotlight on Recovery: Dominique Wilson

Washington County News

A vital component of combating the presence of drugs in our community is understanding that behind every drug arrest is a story - a story of someone who has lost their way and a family that has been torn apart by addiction.

Sheriff John Tate’s focus on assisting those struggling with addiction to find lasting recovery is just one step in healing families and giving those stories a chance to have a happy ending. Arrest itself is not an ending. Instead, it can be a new beginning.

Each month, we share a story from individuals who have successfully completed a drug rehabilitative program through the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and are now enjoying a new, fulfilled life of recovery.

Their journey. Their words. A message of hope for us all.

Dominique Wilson

The September 2020 Spotlight on Recovery story comes from Dominique Wilson:

"My name is Robert Dominique Wilson. I am 39 years old, and this is my story.

I grew up in a single parent household with my mom and sister. Over all, I had a good childhood. My father was barely in the picture, so it was just us three.

I started smoking marijuana at the age of 12. My mom was always working to support us, so I would sneak around with my friends and get stoned. That lasted through school until I graduated. When I was 19, I tried cocaine for the first time. I could escape reality, so I loved it.

I did coke until I was 22. That lasted for about a year, and then I was at a friend's house and got introduced to meth for the first time. So, as you could imagine, I was doing coke and meth on the weekends now, and of course, it got progressively worse until I was using one or the other every day.

Shortly after I started, I was hooked. I got into trouble and had to go to prison at the age of 25 for two years. That slowed me down for a while, and I got clean in October 2007. I got out of prison and immediately met my wife. We dated for a couple years, and I remained sober until 2009. I began using meth again until we got pregnant with our wonderful son, Carter. I got sober for about a year, and then I began my run again.

I just couldn’t sustain any real length of sobriety.

We stayed married for five years, and I dabbled in meth here and there the whole time while hiding it from my wife. In 2014, I began using very heavily, still trying to hide it from my wife, and eventually, I told her I wanted a divorce. I dove into meth really bad at this time because I no longer had to hide it from anyone. That’s when I began shooting meth. This lasted for about five years with me isolating myself from everyone who loved me, including my son.

Within those five years, drugs were getting to be very expensive, so I started selling drugs to support my habit. As a result of that, the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office quickly found out about me selling, and not very long afterward, I got arrested for selling meth. (Assistant State Attorney) Brandon Young could have very well sent me to prison, but God intervened.  

John Searcy, Peer Counselor with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, helped saved my life and get me the help I have needed for many years.

I was court ordered to spend the next year of my life learning about myself and how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This completely changed my life forever. I like to tell people I had a heart transplant because Jesus changed my heart. I have been home for a year now, and God has restored my marriage to my beautiful wife and my relationship with my wonderful son. So, to those who are still in active addiction and think there is no hope, let me tell you, there is hope in Jesus Christ.

I would like to thank God first and foremost, and Sheriff John Tate, Brandon Young, and John Searcy for obeying the Lord and helping people like me get our family and our lives back."