David’s journey these past three weeks have focused mainly on his reluctance to accept the progression of his drug addiction. David spent most of his adult life largely dependent on his parents’ emotional and financial assistance. Due to his lack of interest in school or other social functions, David was hopeless when he arrived to treatment, unable to see a life for himself that did not revolve around “Roxy’s” or his parents support. David has made immense progress while in treatment, and he now sees the importance of “finding his own way”. He has made important decisions about returning to school and expressed interest in graphic design. David is aware that his success in the things he is beginning to realize he wants in life is largely dependent on his recovery. During last week’s exercise David was able to verbalize and begin to understand the nature of addiction. He said that when he reads the NA book and listens to the staff speak about addiction he did not feel like he could relate, until he read his story to the community. It was at this time that David began to see the connection between hearing about the “progressive nature of drug addiction” and his own journey that began with trying a few pills and ended with an overdose. David will begin to research halfway houses in the area, which he is not familiar with. Our staff has explained to him that stepping down from inpatient care to a structured living environment is very important to continue his recovery. David is still questioning complete abstinence, he feels that he may be able to drink on occasion and not get back into smoking Roxy’s. David’s therapist will work with him this week on understanding that opening himself up to drinking alcohol will lower his inhibitions and he may become vulnerable to his addiction. This will be a process of understanding for David, which he has been open to since his stay at A New Day. Several clients go through this course during treatment, especially younger clients, who feel that they “have another run left in them”. David’s extension of treatment will be largely focused on assisting him in understanding all the consequences associated with his decisions following the completion of drug treatment in Florida.