I recently blogged about a man with a street name of Mississippi . Much has happened in the life of Mississippi since I blogged about him. Mississippi has a dependency problem. Drugs and alcohol have taken over his life. Mississippi hit an all time low on Easter morning. He approached a good friend of mine, Ann, while she was serving downtown. He told her he was ready to be done with the drugs and alcohol. Ann made some phone calls and got him into rehab immediately. Mississippi has a rough road to recovery ahead of him, but he seems to be staying strong. I visited him 2 weeks ago and brought him some tobacco. His eyes filled with tears when I got out of my truck to great him. He assured me he was on his way to recovery. Mississippi is staying at the Men’s Push-up in East Austin. They have strict guidelines for him there. No TV before 5 PM. No visitors for longer than 5 minutes except on Sundays. They hold mandatory AA meetings there every day. They sleep 5 people to a room. He is trying to get a job working for Easter seals. He says they won’t pay much, but it will keep him out of trouble. “I want to make it” he says. “I believe in myself”. These are strong words easily said but hard to live by. “I want to stay here as long as I can $75 a week for as long as I can afford it. I am scared of the real life out there” he says, “I woke up last night and was grabbing for my cup of whiskey. It was scary. Of course it wasn’t there; it was just a night mare. I came outside to settle down, and try to shake off the cold sweat I was in. I got over it, it is just so scary to think I could fall back into it so easily” Mississippi amazes me with his courage and determination. There is a lot to be learned from him. He sees himself as a lowly man. I see him as a man many of us can learn from. Many thanks to his angel Ann who was there to help him. Ann visits him at least once a week and gets him out and away for a while. Many prayers are needed for his continued determination. Great job Mississippi. Here is a picture taken today Me in the red next to Mississippi then Tim and finally Robert. We brought him some Mt. Dewand some more tobacco. Doesn’t he look happy?