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The wrong ending for the Right Door

Dear Editor:

I have lived in the valley since 1992. In that time, I have embraced the party lifestyle that so many in the community have – heavy use of drugs and alcohol.

After a decade and a half of never missing a happy hour, befriending many dishwashers and successfully exploiting back pain for a medical card, I hit bottom. I felt there was nowhere to turn.

A psychologist referred me to a staff member from the Right Door. I was told that there was a solution. I signed a contract, agreed to daily call-ins with counselors who man phones 24-7, agreed to random drug tests, met with my personal case-management counselor in person, and I attended an intensive outpatient program twice a week.

As I was also at a financial bottom, a scholarship was granted to help me at my lowest point. I was told, “Don’t worry about the money.”

That was 33 months ago today! I have been clean and sober since Feb. 19, 2010. I have changed the direction in my life completely and work with others whenever possible.

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I could not imagine getting over the hurdles of the past 21⁄2 years without the support and daily contact of the staff at the Right Door. I am sad that the same money I was told not to worry about is the reason they can no longer help others the way they have helped me.

I want to sincerely say thank you to: Mike, Stacy, Susan, Joe, Chelsea, Laura, Buckley, Brendon and, of course, Brad, for saving my life. I would not be here today without all of you.

This community that embraces the “apres” lifestyle needs to stay focused on those who slip through the cracks. I hope and pray that detox and treatment find a place here for those in need.

Jeremy Kowalis

Aspen