What reSTART taught me about my son
My dad asked me just yesterday if I felt that the money for ReSTART was well spent, and I didn't hesitate to say YES! First and foremost, I think that you all saved his life last April. He needed round the clock support, and you provided it - for that I'll ALWAYS be thankful. Next, you gave my son an opportunity to experience life in a different way - and while he didn't always enjoy it, he recognized the positive effects that healthy living had on his life. These experiences create a basis for seeing CHOICES in how to live - before ReSTART, he didn't see those choices. Lastly, you gave him a toolbox for living and for dealing with addiction (and/or addictive behavior). Right now, he is not using all the tools in that tool box.... but he did use SELF-HONESTY and being HONEST WITH AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON. It may not seem like much to anyone else, but it my mind it's the difference between life and death.... overly dramatic, perhaps, but maybe not. In sum, I feel that before George went to ReSTART, he didn't know what to do to change. I feel like now he does know what to do to create positive changes in his life. At this point, all the choices are his to make or not make.
Will my son continue to tread water? Will he start to sink? Will he start to swim? I'm not sure, to be honest, but I am positive that he now knows he HAS choices, and he knows what to do to make choices honestly. Time will tell and we shall see. I pray for him a lot, but I don't really worry about him too much (Will actually worries a lot more about him then me these days). I don't know.... I think that's something that ReSTART taught ME.
Please do keep in touch,
Parent of former reSTART client
Received October 4, 2011