Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Tangible Outcome

These are a couple of messages the sponsoring teacher left for me following our talk. One she posted as a comment in the last post and the other was an e-mail. I hope they are as inspiring for you as they are for me.

a comment:
I am the teacher who was present when Alex and Ron spoke with the students. Today I spent 45 minutes talking with a student who was moved by the experience. This person had been involved with drug, and her brother is a drug addict. She said seeing Alex, and listening to him, gave her more confidence that she did the right thing getting away from the drugs and her brother. She says she is the only one in her family clean, and that she knew how much strength it must have taken to come speak with the class. She said, "Alex was amazing! I know he'll make it! I hope that he will come back and talk with other students because he made a difference in me."

an email:
Uh, tell Alex, he did have an impact.  Since the 3rd block 
presentation, I've had 3 kids speak 
out about someone in his/her family being an addict.  And, the pain of not being able to see 
him/her because of the addiction. Opened up some 
conversations! 

5 comments:

Syd said...

If only one or two are reached, it is a miracle. Working with others is a gift that helps me keep what recovery I have.

Annette said...

Giving back is a HUGE part of each of our own recovery.

Sober Move said...

I just went back and read your post about Alex wanting to speak. That is amazing! Did he tell you what compelled him to want to speak?

Congrats on your successful visit with the students!

Barbara said...

Ron, I have to stop reading here unless you warn me when I will need tissue! I HOPE THIS MAKES BOTH OF YOU FEEL GREAT - IT SHOULD! Its the taking the horror of the addiction and turning it around for good.

Alex - you can be a hero to so many others....keep up the great work and never look back, only forward to a future that can be fulfilling and full of honor!

Tori said...

That is amazing. I hope Alex is proud of himself. Everytime I read something like this, it continues to give me the strength to hold on to hope for my son.