I got a tip last Thursday that I needed to listen to the Two Old Dogs radio show. A very special guest had a very special message that people needed to hear.
Thanks to Ralph Starling and Jerry Randolph for having Eddie Lee Ivery on their show. No, he didn't just talk football. Even though this famed son of Thomson made it to the NFL, it was the valleys in his life that he wanted to discuss.
"I thought it was a good opportunity for me to come back and share my experience to my hometown because I did experience drugs in Thomson when I was there," Mr. Ivery told me. "I still see that there are young, old, people out there that are still using."
Even if you're like me and you haven't been there yourself, we all know someone who has struggled with addiction. I can think of one right now, who years ago taught me a thing or two on the bass guitar.
I know his family has been through rough times, but there are people praying for them. I'm praying that my friend will take the first step that Mr. Ivery did years ago, that he will admit his problem and seek help.
He can't do it alone. There are people willing to help and forgive. Just listen to someone who's been there.
"If you stay in denial you're never going to seek help," Mr. Ivery said. "The first thing is that you have to admit to yourself that you have a drug problem, and that's the only way that you're going to be able to seek help. All our family members, all our friends and loved ones, they all can see that we have a problem, and we're the last one to see."
There are so many people out there that have tried to ruin their lives, but if they follow the example of Mr. Ivery, they can climb out of that valley. They must realize they are at the bottom, and the only way out is up.
"He's fought back from it which is so very hard to do," Mr. Starling said. "He just continued to fight and didn't give up. He gives all the credit to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ."
Now that Mr. Ivery "let go and let God" get him out of his drug habit, he found out that life is all the high he really needs.
"I thought I had to get high. I thought I had to have a drink or drugs to have fun, to have that inner peace," Mr. Ivery said. "But today I am having more fun than I ever had in my life.
"I have more inner peace in my life today than I have ever ever experienced in my entire life. That's even including being a first round draft choice with the Green Bay Packers."
I pray that there is a happy ending for my friend's story too, that he climbs out of the valley loving life just like he used to.