A 15-year-old boy who arrived here angry and defiant has found lots of help in the program. But he returned from a recent visit feeling upset and even guilty after seeing some of his old behaviors surface in his 12-year-old sister. His regret over not being a better role model for a younger sibling isn't unusual as he tries to repair his family relationships.
Many of our students have considered themselves the "black sheep" of their families, wishing they had been a more caring big brother, a more honest big sister. One of the miracles of recovery is getting the second chance to finally be that better person. Now in his phone calls and letters home, this boy is reaching out to his sister. He's beginning to understand his impact on her and just wants to make sure it's positive.