Often, when I am around, Pacey is on the phone or just ending a phone call.
At the moment, Pacey does not have a phone of his own, so he borrows other people’s phones to make phone-calls.
He has even borrowed my mobile phone and office phone. I am ok with it, as it is the least I can do to be of service to another Addict/Alcoholic.
Besides, he generally makes phone calls to his father, Ron, or to Danielle, the mother of his daughter Lilly.
One of the conditions of Danielle accepting his phone-calls is that he must be currently receiving treatment.
I was amazed that he had actually memorized Ron and Danielle’s phone numbers.
I remember once losing my mobile phone not too long ago, particularly when I was sober, and I did not even remember my boyfriend’s phone number, not to mention anyone else’s number.
Needless to say, the relationship did not work out, and he did not remain sober. But, Danielle did, and she is apparently a really good mother to their daughter.
Pacey is from a small town in northern California and, aside from his drug addiction and alcoholism, he really is remarkably wholesome and kind person who desires to be the person he knows that he is capable of being.
I try to put myself in his shoes….to remember what it was like when I first got clean and sober……all the resentments, entitlement, fear, anxiety and so forth. Watching him is a good reminder of what it was like.
Working with newcomers keeps “what it was like” fresh in our minds. Left to our own devices, the recovering Alcoholic and Addict would conveniently forget, think it was just a phase, and easily slip back into the web of addiction.
We don’t want that to happen with Pacey, so now that the cloud is lifting, he is off to Laguna Beach where his real journey of recovery will begin at Spencer Recovery Center……..
If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us. We can help you.
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