Just Another Recovering Person

Temporary Escape

A guy I had been sponsoring called me yesterday after an absence in calls and meetings. I was glad to hear from him. I asked him what had been going on……

Same old…same old.
What does that mean?
You know…
No…Tell me.
I’ve been using again….4 Day run this time.
What do you want to do about it?
I don’t know….
That’s the problem ****** You don’t know if your ready to stop.
I was looking for some relief….
Did you find it?
Imagine that……

The Text tells me on Page 78 (5th Ed)
” The eventual misery of using is not worth the temporary escape it might give us”.
Might give us….No gaurantee.
This line in the literature became real for me yesterday in talking to him. We talked about the first thing needing to be done…Not using. I told him that he needed to go to a meeting last night.

We then talked about sponsorship. I told him if he felt that he needed something different or something more that I wasn’t able to provide I was cool with that. He told me no, that he wanted me to continue to sponsor him. If you had asked me a few months ago I would have said I don’t think I can help anymore, and I’m not sure I still can, but I have to try.

I just got off the phone with this fellow and he received papers upon arrival at work for a drug test. He has worked there 11 years and has never been asked to drop. This would tell me someone has said something, or his behavior has dictated this. He is concerned as well as he should be. I told him he has to take the test one way or another and see what the employer says.

On a positive note my daughters demeanor, for now, is good. After the visit to the psychologist’s office on Monday things have been smooth. A little bump here and there but nothing like what it has been.
The second bit of good news is that the Tennis Team won the City Championship yesterday. She did not play, this is reserved for upper classmen, but my wife was informed by her coach that she had not lost a match all year.

My son for some reason wants to quit Boy Scouts the day before the biggest dinner event the Scouts hold here in Columbus. My wife and I are not happy about this and I am going to have the District Supervisor talk to him about this. He is so close, maybe 2 years, from achieving his Eagle Scout. This could be helpful in so many ways from college scholarships, to opening doors in private sectors that he just isn’t aware of. I really want him to stick with this.

I hope you enjoy your day.
Bob D.



Comments on: "Temporary Escape" (2)

  1. In your post you refer to the text, “the eventual misery of using is not worth the temporary escape…”
    I always found it amazing that even though many of us knew that, we continued to put ourselves through it anyways!
    It makes me wonder sometimes.

    It’s good to hear your daughter is coping better these days, a relief for you and your wife, I’m certain. 🙂

    I hope your son changes his mind, maybe you will find out his reason(s) for wanting to quit Scouts, and then find a resolution to it hopefully.

    Stay Strong! 🙂

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