“It’s difficult to know how much to divulge and how much
is age appropriate. But I want them to know they’re at risk.”
—Recovered addict Jana M., 53, on telling her children about her past drug use
Seeing his little boy fall apart finally got through to Ron.
“I saw—outside of myself—what I was doing to my loved
ones. It broke me.”
Ron fell down on his knees and grabbed for Sammy.
“Okay, I’m going,” he said in tears. “I’m going.”
WITHIN HOURS, THE FAMILY and Bob boarded a plane
to Florida, where Ron was scheduled to enter residential
treatment—that day—for alcoholism and drug addiction. At
the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Ron would spend the
next 48 hours in a sweaty, hazy, queasy detox, coming down
from booze, tranquilizers, the narcotic painkiller OxyContin,
and the sleeping medication Ambien. Only after the drugs had
left his bloodstream would he begin the intense individual
and group therapy, with about 30 other men from their 20s
through their 50s, that would launch his life as a sober person.