“Given your son’s history of opiate abuse, I think he should start a methadone program. His chances of recovery are 10 percent.” My son was only eighteen at the time I heard those words, but his life and mine would be forever changed. As much as I wanted to believe what the doctor said wasn’t true, I had heard the words correctly—and they have been indelibly etched in my mind ever since.
The fear and finality of those words from the doctor at the detoxification center struck me hard in the gut and broke my heart at the same time. Never before had I truly realized the seriousness of what we faced. I tried to be strong for my son. I could tell he, too, was taken aback by the news.
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