Khalil Rafati intentionally overdosed on heroin in 2001. The next year, he was shot at while using drugs. He suffered stints of homelessness and jail time. Finally, in 2003, Rafati says he “finally reached the bottom of all bottoms.”
“There was no more digging left to do; all of my shovels were broken. I was done,” he tells the New York Times
Rafati, now the successful founder of SunLife Organics, a juice company
in California frequented by Anthony Kiedis
, David Duchovny
and other celebrities, recounted his journey from drug addiction to success in his book, I Forgot to Die
He started by founding a sober living house in Malibu in 2007, called Riviera Recovery. It was there that he crafted SunLife’s signature smoothie
, the Wolverine — a date and banana blend with maca, bee pollen and royal jelly.