There’s an old saying; “you’re only one decision away from changing your life forever.” Well this was the case for Khalil Rafati, who’s life story could be the plot of a Hollywood movie.

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Born in Ohio, the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. A troubled childhood of sexual abuse saw him dropping out of middle school without any qualifications, and getting arrested for vandalism and shoplifting.

In 1992, at the age of 21, he moved to Los Angeles to escape his passed with dreams of becoming a movie star (which never happened).

When that plan failed, he started playing in local bands by night, and made money cleaning cars by day.

Playing at bars every night, Rafati soon slid into the drug scene, and his life spiraled out of control. It wasn’t long before he was sleeping in cardboard boxes on the street and selling drugs to help fund his addiction.

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How did Rafati turn his life around?

Something had to give. And it did…In 2003 Rafati was found by police overdosed (for the 9th time) on heroin.

As emergency workers shocked him back into life with a defibrillator, Rafati knew something had to change or he would die any day.

Having hit rock bottom, Rafati threw himself into the world of health and fitness. He spent four months in a rehab center on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Rafati began working at two rehab centres in Malibu,  he washed cars, walked dogs,  and did gardening work and make money.

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Things were going good. Until he received a phone call…

“When I was 34 years old and eight months newly sober, my mother called to tell me she had cancer. I was homeless, completely broke, a high-school dropout, and a convicted felon. There was no way I could help her. That was the lowest point of my life.

I went back to my friend’s guest house, with only a blow-up mattress, no electricity or furniture. I lay there and sobbed. I came to the harsh realization that I was a complete failure. For the first time in my life, I took full responsibility for everything that had happened to me. Right there, I made a pact with God that I would never feel that way again.”

Khalil Rafati,

From Homeless Heroin Addict to Millionaire:

In 2007 Khalil rented a house and opened his own rehab center, Riviera Recovery, for clients who would pay $10,000 a month to stay at the facility.

For clients, Khalil would make healthy juice blends during their detox phase. Eventually the reputation of these drinks spread beyond the building, with people calling in to buy them.

Realizing there was a demand for his juices, in 2011 Khalil launched Sunlife Organics. It was an instant success with $1m in sales the first year.

Fast forward to today. He’s still sober and making an estimated $6 million a year making him a beautiful example of someone who was able to go from rock bottom to millionaire.

If you want to read even more about Rafati’s life, check out his autobiography, I Forgot to Die.

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