Addiction: Empowerment, Connection, and the Recovery Journey
Today, in this place where people struggle with drug addiction, I wish to embrace each and every one of you, who are the flesh of Christ, and to ask God to renew your journey, and also mine, with purpose and steadfast hope.
To embrace — we all have to learn to embrace the one in need, as St. Francis did.
A young man was diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of 14. He shortly thereafter developed an addiction to heroin. He had been in and out of hospitals every few months until age 22. I initially encountered him at age 22.