A friend of mine called late in the month of July. She needed help after a trip back to her hometown. She had heard of a friend of hers who wasn't doing well; he had been lost in the bottle for several years. She rushed over to find out how he was doing and walked in on him in a drunken stupor with a gun near his person contemplating suicide. She had to step in and help anyway she could. She stepped up in a huge way to help him detox and then get accepted into a recovery program. She had used up all her time off and had to go to work and needed someone to step in for the day to hang out with her friend until he was to go check into the recovery program later that night.
My day was slammed but I knew we had to find help for this young man. One friend in the church came to mind, I called and asked if he could help a man in desperate need of company until he could be checked into the recovery program. He was available and headed over stay with the man for the day. Great conversations took place and encouragement was given. The young man checked himself into the recovery house that evening.
These friends that had stayed by his side made a couple noteworthy statements regarding their time with him:
"As we talked, God was definitely there in a big way. God did a great work."
"Anyone would do this to help save another person's life."
"God plays a huge part in his recovery."
The latest is that the young man is sober, employed full-time, attends church and recently said, "I haven't felt this good in years."
A shout-out to an excellent local KC recovery place, pictured above: The Welcome House at 27th and Paseo. The Welcome House is a not-for-profit, sober living, recovery program (incorporated in 1971) with “the sole purpose of educating and rehabilitating the adult male alcoholic/addict” and “the expressed mission of returning the individual to productive society free of alcohol and drug abuse."