DJ: A friend's encounter with Robin Williams provided hope in the midst of depression

It is astounding to hear, via first-person account, how quickly and totally Robin Williams' world crumbled beneath him. Last August, a friend of mine needed to address an alcohol issue and enlisted the help of a highly regarded and very high-end treatment center in a San Francisco suburb. My friend, who will remain nameless, is, like Williams, a gifted overachiever. A natural-born leader with personality and energy to spare. But with a major chink in the armor.

What follows is an unexpurgated note sent to friends and family from the sequestered and very discreet facility. 

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