May 2, 2012 —
“Roy” said he didn’t know where to go because the clinic was the only home he had left.
The ceremony ended with tears, hugs and more hugs as these former tough guys held onto each other and tried again to cope with raw emotions they had rediscovered in weeks of painful therapy.
Finally, the remaining men formed a tunnel to the front entrance and sang farewell to each of the departing addicts. Three walked out with those who came to support them.
“Bob” was the last to leave. He stood silently as his classmates rode away. Then he noticed a small car in the shadows. Standing beside it were a woman and two young girls.
Cautiously at first and then without hesitation, they ran toward each other. “Bob” would have a seventh chance.
And 76 of society’s outcasts would have another reason to hope.