Not every patient we see for follow up after a detox has profound spiritual experiences to share with us.

Billy was in last week. He's 23 and is eight months clean. Grinning like a kid. So happy.

"Billy, what are you doing with all your extra money?" I asked.

"Toying with my truck."

"What does that mean?"

His grin got bigger. "New suspension, headers, new intake, new tires. Tinted windows. Not legal to drive it on the road."


Joan Shepherd, FNP