Stories of Addiction Recovery: PJ’s Mom

In the narrative of drug addiction and recovery, the focus is most often on the addict–what they go through, learn, and abate as they climb out of their own private hell. But seldom, do we hear from the mothers, fathers, loved ones that stay the course with them. Meet PJ’s mom. PJ is an alumni of Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, NH. Here she recounts the story of her son, a son she thought she would likely lose to addiction.

You ask where we would be without Green Mountain?

I don’t know where we’d be. We wouldn’t be sitting here. I don’t know where I’d be. I don’t even want to think of Joe. I know I probably would have made plans for a funeral, because it was that bad. I didn’t want him to die, I just – I didn’t want him to die.

He wanted to get better-he just didn’t know how

I needed him to get help and I needed him to get better, but I needed him to want to get better. I knew he still had that heart. I knew he did. You could see it in his eyes: he wanted to get better and I just think he didn’t know how.

The Turning Point…

They saved his life. They saved my life.

Somebody had mentioned that this is the path that we took and if you want this to work, you need to get to Green Mountain. It was amazing. They’re amazing. They saved his life. They saved his life. They listened and made us feel very comfortable in what we had to say and we needed that. The staff at Green Mountain completely saved his life. They saved my life. If anybody were to ask me what it was that allowed Joey and myself and the family to get to where we are today: it’s Green Mountain, without a doubt. They’re amazing.

Today, I couldn’t be more proud of him

I see people seek his help because he has lived it. I couldn’t be more proud of him, just listening to his words, and then, just taking what he has learned and trying to pass it on to somebody else. He’s no longer blaming somebody for something or making excuses. He’s not just sitting in a dark room waiting for his next fix. Today, he is contributing. And, he started smiling again. That’s what I missed the most.

Watch the full interview with PJ’s mom:

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