Sometimes, a fresh new start means moving far away from the triggers and distractions in the community you have been in for years. This dear guest was ready to make that change. After getting clean and sober he knew the best decision for him was to start over.
For so long, D would not look me in the eyes. We even butted heads a few times. Addiction can make you easily frustrated and impatient. Things began to change on a day when D was frustrated. He wasn’t getting the answer he wanted from me. It was during COVID. He was wearing a mask…but I looked into his eyes. “I want you to know that I am for you and not against you. I want to help you.” He looked up at me like he had a hard time believing me.
The next time he came in our doors it was a little better. Soon, when masks were no longer required, I began to see D smile. “I’m still clean and sober” he would say to me with a big smile. Little by little, day by day, more smiles and even some hugs. Then, the day came that D told me he was wanting to get out of the area and start over. We helped him with the fair to get him to a new area where support was waiting for him.
We wish him the best in his new life. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19