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11/19/2013 04:42 pm ET

This Former Heroin Addict Has Some Serious Lessons To Teach You About Life (VIDEO)

"El Diablo" says he used to be one of the "deadliest drug dealers on the streets" of Los Angeles.

But today, he's known as "Pops" and works at Union Rescue Mission (URM), a nonprofit that provides homeless people with hot meals and a chance to turn their lives around.

Pops went to the Mission two years ago, hoping to end his 50-year-long heroin addiction. And now, after getting clean and reuniting with the family he abandoned 30 years ago, the 68-year-old is sharing the lessons he's learned in the powerful HooplaHa video above:

1. It's never too late to make a change.

"I was watching a Christian program, sitting there dealing drugs.. and all of a sudden -- it wasn't like a voice booming at me -- but something was just like 'You need to get in,'" Pops says. "The only thing I thought about was the fact that I needed to clean my act up and get in because I'm about to die. I came into the Mission, and I sat there and kicked morphine, heroin, and alcohol."

2. Forgiveness is possible.

"I was speechless for a moment," Pop says about reuniting with his children. "I said 'I'm sorry, man, I'm really sorry.' [My son] said, 'No, that was yesterday. This is today.'"

3. Life is about the people you share it with.

"Now that I've got my family, how can I lose, man?" Pops says. "I've got life now. I've got life -- and more abundantly. I'm just full of it."

H/T: HooplaHa

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