Friday, November 6, 2009

Communication From Alex

We received a letter from Alex yesterday. It was written on 10/30. He told us about his transfer to El Dorado. When he arrived there they gave him a physical and he hadn't been feeling well and he registered a temperature of over 100. So he said they want to take no chances on the flu so they have put him in isolation and he has to spend 24 hours a day in his cell and he has a cell by himself. Plus when they bring him food he has to put on a face mask. When he wrote he said he was feeling better but he was still in isolation.

He also said he was tired of this life and he is going to change when he is released. He was worried that everyone had given up on him and had moved on and would not accept him when he gets out. There was a lot of reflection in his letter. His final thought was that if he ever gets to have a life and have kids he said he has some real stories to tell about how and why to avoid this life he has lived.

8 comments:

Mom of Opiate Addict said...

I hope his health is restored quickly and that he stays strong in his recent reflections on his life. As a recovering addict and having a son who is an active addict, it can be difficult because I can understand both sides of it. Although I have been clean for 20 years I can still remember how I isolated myself and then thought everyone had abandoned me. Funny the tricks our mind plays on us when using drugs. Once clean, it takes a while to really "see" what was truly going on, basically self-destruction at is highest level, and the pain we inflicted on loved ones. I think of you and your family often and will continue to send good thoughts your way.

cw2smom said...

I hope he feels better very soon! Self reflection is so necessary for growth! I bet he's getting lots of time to think about his life and choices and that it will be what spurs a change when he gets out! Blessings to you all! Lisa

Gin said...

Wow. Sounds like he has been doing some deep thinking. I hear growth...and that is great!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I hope he's out of isolation soon and restored to health. His thoughts sound very positive. I know that its easy to write things like that when locked up, but I want to believe this time is going to be the final time for Alex...and Andrew, Bryan, Ryan, H, Anthony, Zach, B, DD2, Kelly, J, Keven and any other I may have missed.

Josh said...

I truly hope that he stays true to the reflections in his letter, and also that he realizes that people haven't given up on him. I sent him a letter last week telling him that I believe in his efforts to clean up and turn around. Hopefully they get it to him and hopefully it helps him to see that there are people who care!

Wishing you the best,
Josh

clean and crazy said...

he will probably be his own biggest obstacle in recovery. he said he was worried others had given up on him, but has he given up on himself. he needs to get out of his own way and surrender to a program to get what he is looking for.
when he gets out, if you need some contacts, clean ones, let me know.
i know people

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Just saw (and linked to) the article you wrote on Intervene. I don't even know how I found that site but started reading it thinking "wow, this person is right on..." then I checked and it was YOU.

Syd said...

That sounds so positive. I hope that he will decide to live a different life and to advise others to not follow the same path.