Last night when I came home from the office a summons server showed up in my driveway with a stack of legal papers. It was a court order to garnish the wages of a former employee who'd relapsed a few years ago. This is an example of how we can mess up our lives with a brief relapse.
When he relapsed, this employee worked in our corporate office and had a few years of clean time. He'd rebuilt his credit and was purchasing a nice automobile. He also had a decent apartment, a wardrobe, and a few electronics. While I don't know the intricate details, the story is that he met a woman with whom he smoked crack for a few days. When he didn't show up for work we were alarmed. He'd always been punctual and would call in if he was running late.
When he finally called, it was from the emergency room of a local hospital. He'd checked himself in after smoking crack for a few days. And apparently he'd lost everything, including his car. And now, nearly three years later, he's still paying the price.
It'll likely take him a few years to make amends to the bank that financed the car – and to rebuild his credit.
As I read through the legal paperwork I was happy I’ve been sober all these years.