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Deleting Martina – Chapter Fifteen

As soon as Randall answered the phone, Martina said, “I need some advice. I have a friend who has a problem.”

Incorrectly assuming that she was talking about herself, Randall said, “what would you like for me to do?”

Martina said, “I’m not sure.  Maybe talk?”  Randall said, “okay.  Talking is good, but we need to start a plan of action before it gets too much further out of hand.  I will be your advocate, but you have to take the first step toward recovery.”

Martina, showing her annoyance in her tone, said, “oh, you misunderstand. I’m not talking about myself.  I don’t have a problem.”

Randall said, “spoken like a true addict.”

Martina impatiently said, “are you going to help me or are you going to start making accusations and judgments?”  Randall was silent as she continued.  “I have a friend named Callie, and…unlike me…she has a real problem.”

Randall said, “yes.  I heard about her from your mother and father, who by the way, said they still haven’t heard from you.  I know that they disapproved of your friendship, and said that you were rebellious, and righteously indignant about their opinion, but cutting them out of your life is not the way to ‘get back at them’.”

Martina said, “she was the only friend I had.  She had plans.  She wanted to be something special, and she told me that I could be something special.  I don’t know what happened, but I’m worried.”

Randall said, “I can tell you what happened.  The addiction animal sunk its teeth into her, and once it does, it’s almost impossible to get it to let go.” He risked Martina’s anger once more when he asked about her own addiction.  Martina said, “I don’t have an addiction!  I need a little help now and then.  What’s the big deal?  It’s not like I can’t stop anytime I want. Haven’t you ever had a drink to steady your nerves?”

Randall said, “I imagine Callie needed a little help now and then, too, and it’s ruining her life.  I’ll tell you something else…something you probably don’t want to hear…but that help will eventually ruin your life, if you don’t do something about it now.”

Martina said, “we’re not talking about me.  We’re talking about Callie.”

Randall said, “the first step in any addiction is admitting that you have a problem.  The second step is actually doing something about it.  You do know that you can’t make Callie stop using just because you want her to, right?”

Martina agreed.  Randall asked if she was enabling Callie.  “What do you mean?” she asked.  “Are you giving her money?  Are you participating in ‘activities’ with her?”

Martina said, “she has never asked me for a dime.  The first several times I used, yes, I used with Callie.  It helped us concentrate while we were studying.  Then…” her voice trailed off as she said, “then, it was more about just sitting around and laughing…and making fun of mother.  Now, when I try to talk to her, she gets almost hostile.”

Randall said, “that’s the animal.  My advice is this.  Be there for her as a friend.  Do not use with her.  If you suspect she is using around you, leave. As gently as you can, try to urge her to get into some sort of rehab or group therapy, but don’t threaten her with abandonment or retribution.  Do whatever you can for her, but remember…the most important person in this equation is you.  You cannot let yourself become one of her victims by default.”

Randall said, “why don’t we meet at the coffee shop tomorrow?”

Martina, sounding deflated, said, “okay.  Around 11?”


To be continued_____________


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