Everything else is possible, that's definite. To reach a point where you genuinely accept it ... that understanding, and I'm not talking about it as an intellectual exercise, but rather as a serious, ongoing, viscerally felt reality -- that is manifest in a very powerful way right at the end.
You basically have been either removed or have removed yourself from the social order and said, by definition, "I can't handle this," which is a pretty powerful admission to make. As opposed to going to 12-step everyday, you're going and you're deciding that you're going to go. No one's keeping you in the room. No one's stopping you from saying, "I think I changed my mind." Whereas once you're in, you're in.
"Never having done it myself, I think that has to be a pretty dramatic change in your view of yourself. That's the real turning point, to me. I would not have predicted that he would ever reach a point where this was something he was going to do. It's something that only could have happened after really going through the mill, over and over again. Of course, being in prison is a pretty powerful example of it. Being in prison is a breeding ground for drugs, so if your addiction is pharmacological, that's just another place to do it.
I think the great moment, and the most spectacular, was the knockout of