My brother, Ronnie Cook, died on January 4, 2017. He was found alone on the floor of a hotel room, deceased in Las Vegas. He had just completed rehab at Desert Hope and was expected to return home to Virginia that night. The last message I had from him was to ensure me that he would be "sober" and "bright eyed and bushy tailed" when he came home.
Ronnie loved life! He enjoyed fishing, boating, hiking, gardening, biking, and being with his family.
Ronnie endured a lot of pain early on in his life. His struggle with addiction began at a very young age. Ronnie wanted to be free from addiction, he went to several treatment centers for help and finished both long and short term programs. He was even the director of Bridge to Life ministry where he and his former wife helped countless people overcome addiction. When pressures in his life became too great, whether it was from work or his social life, he would relapse.
The simple life. He wanted nothing more than to live the simple life in a cabin in the mountains. His son gave him great joy, he was so proud of him. Being outdoors doing anything always made him smile. Playing acoustic guitar and singing were his passions.
Our conversations, the way he made me laugh, listening to him play music and sing, going on hikes together..... EVERYTHING, except his addiction.