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Lyle Prouse has a distinction that no one wants. In 1986, he became the first commercial airline pilot convicted under a law that made it illegal to operate an airplane while under the influence of drug or alcohol.

Now, Prouse speaks to other in the aviation industry about his downfall, and his redemption through recovery, according to a story in The Daily Times

“I’d never had serious consequences before,” he told patients at Cornerstone for Recovery in Louisville, Ky. “Everything I had was gone, and the only thing I could link it to was alcohol.”

Prouse has been sober since the night of his arrest. Now, he speaks twice a year at Cornerstone, which has a recovery program specifically tailored to aviation professionals, including pilots and stewardesses.

 

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