Marie’s Mom Ellen asked if she could come and surprise Marie with a visit and we agreed, Marie has reconnected with her Mom and there is a wonderful reconciliation taking place. (This email is unedited only the names have been changed)

Hello Colin,

Thanks for your email, but apologies are not expected from anyone at Bethesda at all. You are all doing an incredible job under what must often be very trying and stressful circumstances and I know, understand and most importantly appreciate where your priorities lie. Everyone’s dedication and encouragement has been a source of great inspiration through a very difficult time. I have nothing but admiration for the selfless way in which you all give of yourselves, everything that you have to give. You have all become like family to Marie and have been an eye opener for me.

I know I have become a better person for it and it is I that have to say THANK YOU.

During my last visit Marie indicated in general conversation that she might like to be involved in one or other form of addiction therapy as a career. Perhaps you can offer some guidance here, whatever it may be as she has never had any future direction. Once Marie has settled down and has her future sorted out I would like to consider my options as well.

Marie’s drugging has made me much more aware of the extent of the problem in society and although my awareness is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg I am so awed by what you do that I have a strong desire to be of assistance in the addiction field but at this stage do not know what I have that I can offer in my field of expertise or how to acquire the skills and knowledge required. Any input you may have in this regard, however frank would be welcome.

Although I am traveling on my own this time(with my friend’s GPS to ensure the correct destination) I am thoroughly looking forward to it. I nearly slipped up in conversation with Marie, had to cover my tracks very quickly. Can’t wait to see the expression on her face.

See you soon

Ellen