- Khalil Rafati was a homeless heroin addict 13 years ago
- He somehow decided to turn his life around, and his inspirational story is part of his book “I Forgot to Die”
- Rafati is now a millionaire, and runs his own organic juice bar chain in California
After moving to Los Angeles in the 1990s, Khalil Rafati passed from having a business selling cars, to dealing drugs. This eventually turned out to be nearly fatal for him, after he went to become addicted to heroin.
Rafati almost died when he overdosed on heroin -on purpose- in 2001. After serving two years in prison, he became homeless, living on the streets where he said he "reached the bottoms of all bottoms." At the time he only weighed 106 pounds and his body had ulcers all over.
But Rafati somehow decided to get sober and turn his life around in a very inspirational move, which he has chronicled in his best-selling book “I Forgot To Die”. Rafati is now sober. On his way to recovery, Rafati founded Riviera Recovery, a living facility that houses drug addicts and alcoholics in transition.
But everything changed for him after a friend introduced him to the world of superfoods. He started selling smoothies to his patients, as a means to help them get stronger. He recalls that part of the problems for recovering addicts is the lethargy they feel. The drinks became very popular, and many people around Malibu started drinking them.
Rafati is now the proud owner of a health-loving juice bar chain, called SunLife Organics. “Surround yourself with people who are f*cking awesome!!!!”, writes Rafati on his @iforgottodiebook Instagram account.
His book is selling well, and the juice bar now has six locations in different parts of Los Angeles. “Love, heal and inspire” is the stores’ motto, and apparently these words are true to their core.
Although Rafati is now a millionaire thanks to SunLife Organics, he still helps others in the similar situation he was in almost twenty years ago. He hires recovered addicts at his shops. "He pushes us very hard in a father-like sense,” comments former OxyCotin addict Cache Coelho, who works with him.