JM: I did. Not even near death – I physically died from an overdose. I was resuscitated so…
DA: Well you look great today!
JM: Thank you!
DA: There’s a big difference from when you came in. Really. It’s so noticeable and you look really healthy. Your eyes are clear. How is everything going with your relationship with your family now?
JM: It’s going to take a lot of work for it to even just be something I would consider normal, but for now it’s on good terms. I’m welcomed back in my home and I’m thankful just for that.
DA: Alright. Tell me a little bit about your experience in treatment. How was it for you?
JM: Treatment-wise I think it’s a very good program. They run a lot of groups, but not too many. The groups are typically pretty constructive and good…
DA: The outings? The activities?
JM: Yeah outings! That’s one of the good things. Things are very incentivized because if you do good all week you get to participate in something fun. So whether the outing might be movies or like bowling or going to a museum or something like that, the outings were all pretty great. I mean, just everything in general. It’s a well-run program I would say.
DA: I remember when you came here we were really impressed actually how you were kind of on-track academically, even with your drug addiction.
DA: How did the education part of your treatment go for you here?
JM: To be honest, when I was first coming into treatment and was told that I would not be returning to my school I stressed out a lot. I didn’t know how I was going to complete my requirements and be able to earn my diploma. But the great thing about here is that I found there is an excellent educational program and you guys have been working feverishly to make sure that I am able to satisfy all the requirements and get what I need to get as far as my diploma. So, it is a very good educational program and it’s all done in under two hours basically.
DA: You worked very diligently as I remember. We were able to get the work from your school so that you would be able to graduate with your class. So that’s going to happen.
DA: So we’re all very excited about that. All right so you’re done with school and you’re starting a new life. What are you going to do when you get home? What’s your plan?
JM: Well I’m basically locked down for a while which I guess is a good thing. I have to develop routine and go to a lot of meetings. I’m probably going to do 90 meetings in 90 days as recommended to me. Treatment-wise, I’m considering a Suboxone program. I’m considering a couple other things. I’m definitely doing Step One as well as NA. I will be randomly screened for drug testing and if I do come up positive then I’m not longer welcome in the home. So I just have to build a new life. I want to get a job and be a functioning person.
DA: Well congratulations! You’ve made some big steps and I can see that you see the importance of continuing with the meetings and all of that due to the fact that you did have a very heavy addiction.
DA: Were you shooting heroin or were you just…?
JM: Yes I was shooting.
DA: Okay, how was your detox?
JM: I was in another program called Four Winds for the entirety of my detox. It kind of sucked because they did not give me anything to help with it. Sometimes that’s how it has to be.
DA: But you made it through! Look at you today.
JM: Yeah I gained a lot of weight. Almost too much, I have to lose weight now.
DA: Well you don’t look heavy to me at all [laughs]. You look healthy.
JM: Yeah I’m in much better health than I have been in a very long time.
DA: What’s the biggest thing you look forward to going home?
JM: My little brother. He’s nine years old.
DA: He must be really excited to see you.
JM: Yeah I told him to make it a surprise, so you know; I’ll just be showing up. First time I’ve seen him in like almost maybe 100 something days now.
DA: Wow and now you’re coming back to be a real big brother.
JM: Yeah that’s the good thing and I think that he could be instrumental in my recovery because he’s a big reason to stay sober. He’s someone I get joy from. You know? I love him.
DA: Well that’s great to hear. Please keep in touch. Remember that we love to hear from you. I know that it’s not easy being here. It’s not easy going through treatment or being away from home and all of these things. You become part of our family. So we like to hear about what happens when you go home and see how you’re doing!
JM: I will definitely keep you guys updated.
DA: Now are you going to walk with your class, do you think?
DA: Can I get a picture? I want a picture with your diploma!
JM: Yeah! I’ll see what I can do.
DA: Send us a picture! We love those pictures with a diploma. It really makes us feel like our work was worthwhile.
JM: I will definitely do that.
DA: So if you remember us please send us a picture.
JM: How could I forget?
DA: Alright, thanks a lot. Good luck with everything alright? We’ll be praying for you.
JM: Okay, thanks.