The Road to Recovery
Mike, Darla, Michael and Matt all said they wanted to get help and stop using. Four drug treatment centers agreed to take one family member each, and Darla was able to take Cayden with her.
It's been five months since the Hawks left for rehab, and Lisa Ling is following up to see how their recovery is going.
Mike says his life was headed down a dangerous road before he finally sought treatment. "If we wouldn't have ended up dead, we would have ended up in prison and Cayden would have been taken away from us," he says. "Worse yet, something could have happened to him."
Almost half a year later, Mike is working as a painter in Washington Heights. Though the neighborhood is known to be the heroin capital of Manhattan, Mike says he's not tempted to use. "I know where it will take me," he says. "There's no one shot, no one chance that I'll do the drug and then I won't pick it up again. It doesn't work like that—you pick up once and you're done."
Mike gets most emotional when he talks about his youngest son, Cayden. "[He] can't make his own choices and decisions. Someone has to be there for him, and that's person's going to be me," Mike says. "What more can I ask for? He's running around doing things that little boys do. And he's just happy."
Mike says that five months is the longest he's ever been clean, and he's confident that this time it's for good. "I discovered God really, by looking at myself," he says. "Now I have a set of principles that I live by and I know things that are true, and you can't take those away from me."
Though Darla lives with Cayden and sees Mike every two weeks, she says being separated from family is extremely hard. "I hope [we will be together] soon, because I really miss my family," she says. "I just miss being a mother to them."
Lisa says that when the Hawks reunite, there will be a new set of challenges to face. "They have enabled each other for so many years," she says. "When they're in their own separate facilities, it's easy to focus on themselves and their recovery. But once they come together, it's a different scenario."
Seabrook House, a New Jersey rehabilitation facility that specializes in detoxing pregnant women, offered to take Merry in. Though hesitant, Merry agreed to check in. "I'm ready to go," she said.
Merry was charged with failure to appear in court and possession of drug abuse instruments and pled not guilty.
"Merry has this boyfriend who has not gotten the kind of treatment Merry has, or really treatment at all. So as long as the two of them stay in each other's lives, they're enabling each other."
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