I am writing this letter on Thanksgiving Day. Being incarcerated, maybe you do not feel very blessed, but in spite of your present circumstances, there is breath in your lungs and God has given you another chance at life.
Sadly, a life dominated by drugs and alcohol leads to a hospital bed, a prison cell, or a cemetery plot. But you are young and it is not too late to change the course of your life. You deserve better. Your children deserve better, too.
In your letter, you asked about our recovery program. We can offer you a six to nine month abstinence-based, live-in recovery program. Some of our clients are serious about recovery. Some are not as serious, but they stick around because the food is good and they’ve no place else to go. For those who are not committed, they will be back on the streets using again. Some may die. It is a cycle that some addicts seem unwilling to break. What about you? This facility is much nicer than the jail. Our food is better, too. And there are no iron bars. No guards. But can you stick it out? Are you willing to work the steps? Are you ready to go to work and break this matter of addiction once and for all? Maybe you are. And maybe you will be like some of those who come for a while and then leave because they’ve met a guy or because they miss getting high with their old friends.
I will invite you to come and join the program. But what you do after you arrive is totally up to you. I hope you are sincere. Many are. Many more are not. I never know when a new client arrives to join the recovery group if she has the backbone to work the program of if she is here because this is better than sitting in jail.
Here is what I do know: You have a chance at turning your life around. What you do with that chance is up to you. But there comes a day when there are no more chances. I hope you are not someone who will end up in an early grave because she caved in to the demands of addiction. Will you leave behind two precious kids who never knew their mother? Or will you break the bonds of addiction and live a life that is really worth living? That decision, of course, is yours to make. Not mine.
Do you have an attorney? Or a case manager at the jail? Have that person call me. I think I can get you into our program. But after that, your success or failure rests with you. I hope you are a winner. Maybe you are. I don’t know. Let’s see what happens.