Friendship and Recovery; Kevin

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kevin Eldridge. Daniel and I were friends through Jr. High and High School on Long Island. I left Long Island abruptly, from Dan’s house in fact, in 1978.  Although we had thought of each other over the years, we had lost touch.   We were reunited, by circumstances that cannot be explained as mere coincidence, in January of this year.  On December 11, 2009 I left detox in Ft. Myers, Florida and was dropped off at Eternal Home and was left to the care of Tanya Johnson, Director, We Care Outreach Ministries.  Miss “T”, as she’s affectionately known, carried me in off the front porch and began the task of saving my life.  I was coming off a 10 year relapse following 13 years of precarious “clean time”.  My relapse was the result of not being spiritually prepared and my having backed away from meetings and my support system as I went in for major knee surgery.  I did nothing to protect myself from the painkillers that were prescribed following the surgery. This carelessness lead to 10 years of darkness.

Following 30 days of “blackout” at Eternal Home I was permitted to bring my bicycle and laptop, which were all I had left, into the house.  Although I was never a Facebook type of guy, I opened an account.  Without any explanation, Dan was one of the first people I searched for.  I found a few Dan Callahans but the one my age that I found sure couldn’t have been my old friend.  This Dan had letters following his name.  On his info page he had educational credentials that took paragraphs to list and he also lived right down I75 from me in Naples, Florida.  But the ultimate proof was that this guy was obviously a recovery “powerhouse”.  Not the Danny I knew.

I figured what the heck, I’m in early recovery, I’ll Facebook this guy.  Maybe he could help me.  As you now know, it was my friend Danny.  Just the knowledge of what Danny had done with his life was enough to instill hope, following 10 years of hopelessness, in me.  Since that day Dan and I have spoken nearly every day.  He now is committed to spending time at Eternal Home, offering his many services to those wise enough to take advantage.  I know that he sponsors at least one of the clients and confers by phone with others. He and Ms.T have become fast friends and are truly kindred spirits.   Danny has become an integral part of my support group along with my family, my sponsor, Ms. T, 2 pastors I’ve met through Dan, 2 pastors I’ve met through Miss. T and The One Who Is Above All, my savior, Jesus Christ.  I am truly blessed.  After 5 short months of recovery, I truly understand Dan’s mantra, “Life is good”.

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