Chris Newcomb, M. Div.
Working in the substance abuse field is very rewarding. Seeing people come in to our facility in complete disarray and watching them embrace sobriety and recovery is an amazing miracle! It is so nice to see the change as people progress from a state of sickness to full health.
Sometimes, however, it can be a bit depressing. There are people who do not get better and continue to relapse. They do not break old ties with drug using friends. They do not pursue aftercare. They try to keep living the same way they did before hoping they can control the drug when the drug controls them. It is sad to watch.
However, today, I met with the parent of a current patient who shared a great story with me about their adult child* who detoxed with us about a month ago. After they got back home from the detox, the adult child took it upon themselves to contact the DEA (Drug and Alcohol Enforcement Agency) to turn in some doctors in their local area that helped to keep them addicted.
The parent told me they were upset when they pulled in their driveway to see a group of black SUV's and found federal agents inside taking notes from their adult child. They were relieved to find that this time there was no trouble! As a matter of fact, the DEA agent told them that their adult child had gone, "over and above the call of duty" because this new evidence would help them secure a conviction on at least 2 of the doctors. The agents were so impressed that they gave their adult child a "DEA" hat!!!
It was nice to hear that the drug peddlers are going to receive justice. To be fair, we believe that those who sell drugs, while they make vile choices, are just as sick as the 'customers' to whom they sell. They need help to break their addiction to power and money. Hopefully, this time of incarceration will help change their hearts so they will be different when they return to society and other doctors and drug dealers in the area will take notice and stop their activities. This is not a joke because people's lives are at stake.
In the meantime, we press on spreading the good news about living a sober life. And we look forward to helping as many people as we can through our innovative detox treatments and aftercare coordination and programming. Helping people get clean and stay clean isn't so bad after all!
At The Coleman Institute, we care about you! If you or someone you love needs to be detoxed off of alcohol, benzos, opiates, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. We're here for you.
*Names are withheld for anonymity and safety