No Matter What Precautions You Take, Life Will Continue to Happen
If you've finished the series, you know how Justin's story unfolds. He relapses following his mother's death, and though he gets clean again, he dies from AIDS-related complications. It's revealed that he contracted HIV during a period where he was homeless, forced into prostitution to finance his heroin addiction.
Justin's story is an extreme case, but it serves as a reminder that no matter how prepared we are, life still happens around us. Parents get divorced. Friends die. Breakups happen. No matter how many days, weeks, months, or years we've remained sober, we still only have today. Sobriety is a lifelong commitment, and no matter what happens, there will always be moments of hope and beauty, too.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please go to aa.org, na.org, or call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).