A man at my home group said these words not too long ago. He’s a person I respect: a father, husband, and veteran who still exudes such a degree of military bearing I find it hard to imagine that he ever had an addiction problem. He represents the power of the program: We become the parents, friends, life-partners, and citizens we always were meant to be. He is clearly living a life in which The Promises have come true, deservedly so, but his words show the wisdom behind those promises.
Recent studies paint a mixed picture of addiction trends in Texas. By many measures, the Lone Star State fares better than the rest of the nation, trailing the national averages and its surrounding states in illicit drug use and overdoses. But there are some troubling measures in the statistics, too — specifically in the significant increase in overdose deaths over the last two decades.