We married in 1992 after living together for two years. We were in love. In 1993 we both entered recovery. He relapsed chronically. In 1995, he got clean and stayed clean for five and a half years. It was the happiest time of our lives. We went to many recovery events, meetings, campouts, conventions, etc. We were active in service and both of us worked the 12 steps with sponsors.
In 2001, he relapsed and could not regain any substantial amount of clean time. On December 4, 2002 he died. His using buddies found him dead in a camper-trailer behind a mechanic's garage. The autopsy reported that the cause of death was unknown.
I know the disease of addiction killed him.
His death has affected me like no other. I remember the great times in recovery with him. I also remember that "jails, institutions, or death" is the ultimate outcome if I use. I find gratitude every day that he no longer suffers from the disease of addiction. I still love him with all my heart.
May you rest in peace, Glenn Jay Alvin Everett Jr. I love you!
Your wife - always,
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