E. Eugene Luther
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Bristow Center; 4306 Evergreen Lane, Suite 104
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3217
(703) 256-2181;Telecopier (703) 353-1796
April 24, 2000
To Whom it may concern:
By way of credentials, I wish to include in this letter my background and experience in the field
of substance abuse.
In November, 1984, the then President of the Virginia State Bar appointed me as the
Chairman of a Committee to investigate the extent of substance abuse among the lawyers and
judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Upon completion of this study, I was then appointed
Chairman of a Committee to develop a program for the identification of and intervention upon
attorneys and judges found to be impaired by reason of substance abuse. I remained Chairman
for four years and thereafter for six more years as a member of the committee that had achieved
state-wide operation under the auspices of the Virginia Bar Association and composed of
members of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association.
Upon resigning from the Committee, I have remained active in the local committee
functions of the State Committee and have participated in a number of interventions and personal
counseling of individual lawyers and judges, as well as laymen suffering from substance abuse.
In the course of this experience, I have become familiar with the facility operated by Mr. Boris
González under the name of the The González Recovery Residences located in the City of
Alexandria, Virginia. On numerous occasions I have conferred and offered consultations to Mr.
González in the operation of his residence. My observations are that it is the premiere facility for
the recovering alcoholic or other substance abuser after having received treatment - or even
without treatment. Mr. González has wide experience in the field and has dedicated himself to
the development and maintenance of the finest after-care recovery program available anywhere
in this area.
My opinion is that it is the best facility available. It is my first choice for persons in need of
residential care in the recovery process. Not only is Mr. González skilled in the management and
operation of this residence, but he is a person of enormous empathy and compassion at the same
time maintaining a level of discipline that is vital to the residents' sobriety and recovery.
E. Eugene Luther
Sometimes the best option for a recovering addict or alcoholic upon leaving an initial treatment facility is to enroll in a long term residential drug treatment center. This can be really scary: new territory, new surroundings, new people, and even more frightening - dealing with feelings for the first time without drugs or alcohol. For all too many of us, we just aren’t prepared enough to deal with life on life’s terms once we put down the booze and the substances, so when we go back to our homes it is almost impossible not to relapse.
A long term residential drug treatment center is the ideal place to fully prepare to enter back into the world, when one is ready, as a strong sober individual. Without a strong network and a newfound foundation based on one’s own personal spirituality, the thought that maybe we can just have a beer, or “one time won’t hurt” will lead many back into the gates of insanity, and eventually certain death.
When we enroll in a long term residential drug treatment center, however, we are surrounded by people who are not only dealing with the same feelings and temptations, but by counselors and mentors and newfound friends. We can learn how to be held accountable, while retraining our brains to accept and understand the disease that we have, and how we can live life sober one day at a time. We are shown by example how a healthy lifestyle, immersion in meetings and local fellowship, and honest communication with a sponsor can heal our wounds and truly make us recovered from what once seemed like an impossible demon to fight. Anyone can put down the drink and the drugs for a day, the trick is to do it again - and then do it when life gets hard. But the rewards far outweigh the struggles.