It Works for Old Guys!

Thomas, 59, arrived at Helping Up Mission completely out of control due to his addiction. After 45 years of drugs and addiction, he got so desperate, he was even willing to do anything his sister and brother-in-law said!

They took him to a hospital for detox and, when time for discharge, the doctor suggested Thomas might benefit from the 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program at HUM. His family brought him here and he was too tired to argue.

But he really did want to get clean — so Thomas decided to settle in and get busy. He did what we told him to do and also reconnected locally with the Fellowship of AA.

Thomas began feeling better physically, as well as mentally — especially about himself. As an older guy, he didn’t get as caught up in all the distractions younger men do and his recovery began flourishing.

While his addiction had affected his work, Thomas was skilled in his profession — and did good work when clean and sober. His a daily work therapy assignment here on our campus was in his field and he began making solid contributions.

Thomas graduated one year later — and his sister and brother-in-law came to celebrate with him. He stayed here another year, as a graduate intern, both living and working on campus.

In July, with 25 months of recovery under his belt, Thomas moved back home to live and work near family. When he comes back to Baltimore for doctor appointments, he stops by HUM.

We had a great talk yesterday. Thomas looks good, sounds good — apparently, feels good, too!

And I really love my job!

One Guy at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director