he only thing preventing Donta Gorham from hitting rock bottom was hiding in the basement of his mother’s house. He couldn’t fall any lower.
After years of drug-related arrests, Gorham was wanted by the New Haven Police Department. Again.
“I could hear the cops telling her that I was armed and dangerous, and that I needed to turn myself in,” Gorham said. “I remember her leaving the house — I don’t know if she knew I was there or not — and then going upstairs thinking, ‘Do I want to live, or do I want to die?’”
Gorham, now a clinical case manager at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health in Torrington, Connecticut, chose to live that day. At the top of the stairs, he found some clean clothes, a plate of food and $20 on the kitchen table — a mother’s care package for a second chance.
With that, Gorham turned himself in to police, served four years in state prison and got clean. Today, he helps those battling opioid use disorder and other issues. There is no judgment here, only a story of hope from someone who made it back from the basement.