Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Somehow there’s Peace

After a three week run of using drugs hard, watching my son slip further and further away I seized an opportunity to raise his bottom and force his hand into recovery. Day after day last week I asked him;

“Are you ready to go to the Hospital? I’ll take you

Each request was met with a “no mom I’m fine, I’ll call a Detox tomorrow

Tomorrow wasn’t coming… and if he continued down the path he was on, I’m afraid I’d be writing on a whole different topic today.

Over the weekend my son was arrested for B&E in an abandoned house, looking for a place to crash out with a few of his addict buddies. So Monday morning he needed to head to court to answer for those charges. After numerous calls to me that he just “had to have $50” I told him, ok come down to my office. I had no intention of giving him the money, but if he thought I was going to give it to him I knew he would show up.

He was a bit upset when I told him no money, but I would get him a bite to eat on our way to the court.

Unbeknown to him I had already called the Court house to ask if they did Section 35’s, they did and I was going to

He seemed pleased at first that I was going into Court with him, as he turned to head toward Probation he asked if I was coming in with him.

I said “No, I’m heading for the Clerk’s Office”

He seemed a bit puzzled and asked me “why

I kept walking and said “I’m going to Section you today

I took my seat in the Court room after filling out all the paper work; it wasn’t long before he joined me. Continually whispering to me “mom, really you don’t need to do this, you just need to bail me out today and I promise I’ll go to Detox” he persisted with this and I told him to hush because I wasn’t changing my mind.

I was focused; I could feel strength in the very marrow of my bones that would not let me vacillate to the left or to the right. I could hear the whisper of God in my heart telling me “hold tight to My hand, you are doing the right thing, we’re saving his life”…

I will spare you all the unfolding details, but know that as I stood before that judge and pleaded for my sons life tears ran down my face and the brevity of his addiction spilled from my heart.

The Section 35 was granted,

and a chance at Recovery can take place. As I left that court room I felt a surge of power running through me, a huge weight had been lifted from my soul and I knew I had done the right thing.

Isaiah 41: 10 Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.


  1. I know it must have been the hardest thing you have ever done. Now he has a chance to recover and you can have some peace of mind. I will hold you and your family up in prayer.

  2. Praise God for His strength flowing through you to do the "hard" and loving thing! Continuing to pray!

  3. Wow, good for you! I wish there was a section 35 in EVERY state. You may be interested in a link I have on my blog for the Jennifer Act. A mother who lost her daughter to heroin is single handedly working to get laws passed for involuntary commitment. She says, and rightly so, the severely addicted are not in their right mind, and you cannot wait for them to get "sick and tired."
    You are blessed to have this option in your state, and you are blessed with a strength of spirit to use it. God bless your son.

  4. He's in "protective custody"

    Good job MOM

  5. He is in "protective custody"

    Good job Mom