Overcoming a drug addiction has got to be one of life’s hardest things

I met this young man by the name if Terry when I first started working at Covenant House. He was a quiet and shy young man who had a zeal and passion for life. Over the course of time that I have known him, I have watched him struggle with a crystal meth addiction; however, even within his addiction he would  still come to drop-in because he had nowhere else to go. When Terry would come in, I would see him on his best days but also on his worst days when the addiction was getting to him and would bring him down. It was sad to see how the addiction would cast a shadow on Terry’s zeal for life.

Terry had a strong desire to get cleaned up and we often had long conversations about this. He knew that getting his life back together and getting clean was going to be a very long road ahead and sometimes I would see him sitting in silence at Covenant House contemplating what to do next.

Terry took the risk and over the course of a few months I saw him in and out of Detox treatment having relapsed on a few occasions. I watched how the addiction began to wear on him as he wrestled with it and I started to wonder if his addiction would cost him his life but Terry had a spirit that loved life and this spirit is what would drive him to success. After one of Terry’s relapses, he made a promise that he would try detox treatment one more time. He was like the little train that wouldn’t quit.

I met this young man by the name if Terry when I first started working at Covenant House. He was a quiet and shy young man who had a zeal and passion for life. Over the course of time that I have known him, I have watched him struggle with a crystal meth addiction; however, even within his addiction he would  still come to drop-in because he had nowhere else to go. When Terry would come in, I would see him on his best days but also on his worst days when the addiction was getting to him and would bring him down. It was sad to see how the addiction would cast a shadow on Terry’s zeal for life.

Terry had a strong desire to get cleaned up and we often had long conversations about this. He knew that getting his life back together and getting clean was going to be a very long road ahead and sometimes I would see him sitting in silence at Covenant House contemplating what to do next.

Terry took the risk and over the course of a few months I saw him in and out of Detox treatment having relapsed on a few occasions. I watched how the addiction began to wear on him as he wrestled with it and I started to wonder if his addiction would cost him his life but Terry had a spirit that loved life and this spirit is what would drive him to success. After one of Terry’s relapses, he made a promise that he would try detox treatment one more time. He was like the little train that wouldn’t quit.

Two months passed before I heard from Terry again. There were days I wondered how he was doing, wondering if he relapsed or if he made it through detox. One day, out of the blue, I received a phone call at my office from Terry. My mind was racing with an anticipation within my heart as I waited for Terry to continue on. We talked about how he was doing and Terry then shared he was doing great. He had just finished a 5 week treatment program and he was living now in a recovery house! I almost jumped up with excitement. He asked if I could get him some clothes as he had none and was unable to work because at the moment, all he could do was focus on his recovery.

That same day I made arrangements to meet up with him at his recovery house and drop off some clothes. As I pulled up in the Covenant House outreach van I was greeted by a few guys that were outside smoking. They asked who I was there to see and I told them Terry. They then broke out sharing that Terry often talked about Covenant House and what it did for him in his life and that it was great we would stop by to visit.

I went around back to meet with Terry. We visited for about half an hour. I could totally see the change in him. His spirits were so high and his love for life was back, clean of the shadow from his addiction! It was so awesome to see the change in him and celebrate the fact he had been clean for about 3 months.

As I watch many of the youth come in and out of Covenant House struggling with an addiction, I really believe that overcoming a drug addiction has got to be one of life’s hardest things to overcome, yet I was able to watch a miracle when I would see Terry and see the amazing gift he is to the world! I believe that we are not here to change these kids’ lives but to journey with them while they change their own lives. They are the future and they are so strong. It is small moments like this that make my job as an outreach worker so unbelievably amazing.