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I Learned How to Live Again

By Elizabeth
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By Elizabeth

How long were you in rehab?

I was in residential treatment for about six months. My disease had progressed to a point where I needed that. I had pretty good experiences overall.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Being in treatment helped me to learn how to live again. I realized that I am not in control of other people, I got psychological help, and I learned how to live without alcohol and drugs. I don’t know if I would have been able to stay sober without treatment, as I was using and drinking 24/7 when I came in. I had to be medically withdrawn, and I needed a lot of help and support. I learned how to look at myself and got a start on Alcoholics Anonymous. I have been sober for almost 7 years and I’m a grateful alcoholic.

Advice

  • I would say that rehab is a safe place where you learn that you are not in charge. It helps immensely that you can be dealing with you disease and it’s consequences and not have to work, or be confronted with temptation by using friends. I know a lot of people who didn’t go to treatment and are sober, but for me, I needed it.

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June 26th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

They Gave Me Tools I Still Use Today

By Cortney
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By Cortney

How long were you in rehab?

I was in rehab for almost two and a half years and it was honestly the best thing that could of ever happen to me!

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Growing up for me was like living by myself. As a child I had no real honest structure. Parents were both on drugs and grandma was my hide out away from drama. I was a pest in school until the 6th grade, did good until I graduated and then went bad in junior high again. So basically I was a lost child with no direction. Walking into rehab I was scared and lost as always. People surrounded me with questions and I didn’t know what to say, 5 minutes later we go into this thing called group intro. Everyone introduced themselves then it came my turn. Honestly I lit up red as a an apple. I had no social skills from basically being alone my whole childhood. They also had me wearing a yellow sweat outfit looking like a banana. Broke me out of my shell instantly but now as I think about it, it was the best way to go about it. After making friends I started to trust the program. I will let you know I wasn’t the easiest cookie to deal with. But they never gave up they honestly became my family. They showed me how to love people and even though I had been hurt to not give up on others also! When I had no faith they carried me until I did! They provided therapy and I worked on my emotions, family issues, personal issues and we even did family therapy! They do this group called confro, man it’s heavy but helps dramatically. It taught me how to stand up for myself respectfully and to take constructive criticism. The program has different levels you can reach if you try to earn it. Work the steps, following the rules and be a leader and eventually I did all those.

Advice

  • I would honestly say juvenile rehab would be your best option! It’s been years since I’ve graduated and the tools they taught me I am still using till this day. It was a blessing. I owe them a lot and miss everything about it. They gave me a life I never had and will never forget! Probation told me my time was up and they still offered me my spot for free! Tell me that’s not family?

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June 26th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

Treatment Can Save Your Life

By Heather
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By Heather

How long were you in rehab?

I went to treatment for 24 days as a residential program. Leaving my family to take care of myself was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but it was also the best thing I have ever done for myself and my family.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

The structure of everyday classes. They have about 8 or so classes that you attend daily and those classes taught me how to take care of myself and to fight my addiction. They gave me the tools needed to become a productive person in society and also made me a better mom by helping me stay drug free. I learned that my “disease,” as they call it, is treatable if I work hard. They saved my life. There is no greater feeling than waking up every morning and not want to take drugs. I love my new life. The tools they gave me work. They showed me how to live drug free and that I could never put a mind-altering substance in my body ever again. They teach you how to be dependent on yourself and how to respect yourself. Something I was lacking greatly: Self Respect. They gave ways of dealing with cravings and withdrawals. I cant thank them enough.

Advice

  • Go. It will save your life. It’s tough leaving your family behind but it’s so worth it. Your family will thank you and you will feel much better about yourself. You will become a productive person and life will be much greater to live. It’s the best thing you can do for you self. It will save you. It might not work the very first time, but don’t ever give up. Relapse is part of the recovery process. Not everyone gets it the first time, but keep going. Go to meetings. they are everywhere. If you are considering going. Consider no more. Just go!

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June 26th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

I Learned to Cope With the Disease

By Lucy
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By Lucy

How long were you in rehab?

I was in house residential for 90 days.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

To understand my behavior. That there is always a solution as long as I keep working at my recovery. I have been sober since March 26, 2005. I was a resident of the Villa in 1998, however I had a relapse and did not get serious until 2005.

I am back with my family, go to my meetings and live a happy and productive life. And yes the obsession has been lifted.

Thanks to the staff at The Villa and Ms Lorraine, Ms Patty, Ms Gracie and everyone else. I am alive today. I am very grateful for the peace of mind that I have today. Thank you The Villa.

The tools that helped me the most were the sessions, the rehab towards learning how to cope with the disease and the job seeking. The knowledge about other diseases that can be contracted if I stayed in that vicious circle. And so much more.

Advice

  • Let go and let God. Forget about the world. Everything and everyone will be there for you when your treatment is over, and if they are not, it was not meant to be. Take this time to better yourself. If you ever want to give yourself a gift, today is the time. You will not regret it. It’s worth it. I didn’t think I was worth it. But guess what, I am worth it.

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

I Wasn’t the Only One With a Problem

By Shannon
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By Shannon

How long were you in rehab?

I was in Oakdale for 14 days

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Oakdale taught me that I wasn’t the only one going through the drug problems that I had. The NA meetings really helped me learn a lot. I also learned that I could start to trust people again. The staff there was so helpful. They shared their experiences with everybody. They made me see that the people I thought were my friends really weren’t and that I had too stay away from the bad people in my life.

Advice

  • I was scared to go into treatment. I learned so much about myself and others. Treatment really helped me and I’m drug free to this day. Don’t be afraid to get the help you need. I thought everyone had given up on me until I went in there. I really do have a great family and now I know who my true friends are. If you feel you’ve hit rock bottom there is only one way to go and that is up. I would strongly recommend treatment to anybody who has an addiction.

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

Strict Structure of Rehab Helped My Recovery

By Steven S.
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By Steven S.

How long were you in rehab?

I was in and out of rehabs, outpatient and residential. When I decided to get serious, I went into a Christian men’s home and was there for 19 months. You must be self committed to a program, court committed works, until you satisfy the court then you’re back to the same old routine.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Structure. The program is all about structure, and in order to get my life back, I had to develop structure in my life. All the structure and rules that are set up by the program, it isn’t just so that they can give you a hard time, it is a tool that enables you to begin to develop structure and obedience in your life.

There are some very basic and simple rules that are followed: No telephones allowed, and no using the phone on the outside at all. The radio in the van is to be kept on one station only, to be determined by the driver, no one else is to touch the radio. Drivers are to go to point A and B and come home, no deviating from the route.

These are but simple rules that one follows and they are the easiest to defy. When you break these simple rules they lead you to break the bigger ones. If you can obey these simple basics rules, then you are on your way to recovery.

Advice

  • Use the program as a tool to get where you want in life. Programs can’t change anybody, but a good program will give you all the necessary tools available in order to change your life. Run your own program by using the program as an outline. Example: wake up time is 5:30 am, get up at 5:15. Class starts at 7:00 am, get there at 6:55 if allowed. Lights out at 10:00, be sure your light is out at 10:00 pm. And all your chores that are assigned, don’t complain do it to the best to your ability. This will help you get on track once you begin your new life outside. And, pray. Be thankful that you have be given another chance.

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

Medication Helps With the Drug Withdrawals

By Superjuicebox
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By Superjuicebox

How long were you in rehab?

I’ve been going to an outpatient program for a year now, and still going strong! I’ve been completely clean throughout the whole process and I plan on being clean for the rest of my life!

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Being able to talk to someone about your problems without getting looked down upon, and being able to get the medicine you need. People don’t understand that drugs like heroin have physical withdrawals, meaning it’s extremely painful to get off of them. It’s near impossible to get off of these physically addicting drugs without medical help.

Example: Suboxone or Methadone. People may look down on you for using these medicines, but you can’t let it get to you. The only people who look down on you for this, are ignorant and don’t know what they’re talking about. These drugs were designed to help people stay clean and they’ve been around for years.

If you could get high off of them, or if they served any illicit purpose, they wouldn’t be around anymore. If someone thinks that doing heroin and doing methadone are the same thing or associate it with the same distaste, then that someone really doesn’t care about you and really, really doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

You must educate those around you on these medicines and on why you and the millions of others who have become clean from them, have to use them.

Advice

  • You Must be ready to get clean if it’s going to work, you have to want it, if you’re not in it 100% it won’t ever work.
  • Stay away from those who you did the drugs with, they’re not your friends unless they want to help you stay clean but doing drugs around you, no matter what they say, is not helping you stay clean. Its the opposite.
  • Cut all ties from drug dealers and those who helped you get drugs and get high
  • Surround yourself with people who want to help, your family, your old friends from before you started doing drugs, and those who have been trying to help since the beginning.
  • Time for honesty, no lies

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

Give Yourself a Chance

By Bridget M.
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By Bridget M.

How long were you in rehab?

I went to rehab three times but only stayed once. I was never ready any other time, my parents sent me to a $25,000 rehab and I stayed clean a few months, but when I picked up not only did I just pick up, but I picked up heroin, and used it for the next seven years. It was the most amazing, incredible drug I had ever experienced, and I truly never ever thought nor wanted that I could quit.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

In rehab I learned many things, but what my downfall was, was meeting people in rehab and we would all meet up afterword and would use together.

But when I was ready, and it was after getting pregnant and using half of my pregnancy, and going through three rehabs, I realized my life, my family and my unborn child where worth it, and my time was now.

I have been clean almost four years with two beautiful kids, and the life and family of my dreams. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for not only just my past, but the great chances I have had since I was clean and sober

Advice

  • You’ve got to give your self a chance, and it may not be the first time, but you have to see the potential that is inside each of us. We all deserve a great life, and the only person that takes that from us is us.
  • Get clean, be happy, be productive, and be you!

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

I Did Not Want to Be Saved

By Brittany C.
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By Brittany C.

How long were you in rehab?

I was in many rehabs and in and out of jail. Many people tried several times to save me but I just did not want to be saved. I remember each time I went out it always got worse and felt more miserable each time but I could not see the light on the other side. I wanted to die.

I lived fearlessly and kept going deeper into my addiction! It took me sticking a needle in my arm and feeling that disgust in myself and my life was hopeless. The last time I went to jail behind my addiction led me to Grace House for almost 6 months then to an Oxford House! That was truly the turning point in my life.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

I have to say Grace House taught me to humble myself when I did not think I was capable of doing so. It also taught me about work and the benefit of helping others. I was able to get a new outlook on my life and what I took for granted so much in life.

I have two beautiful girls and I am home with them now and I will say it’s hard to face life on life terms but well worth it! I love my babies I took my pregnancies for granted and showed no care for myself or unborn children, but I can say through treatment and the program I found a new love! Family, but first and far most my sobriety

Advice

  • if you feel you have nothing left to live for go to rehab and find the one that fits you and your addiction make the most of it while you are there. You will realize that the worst day sober is way better than the best day drinking or getting high. It gave me what I thought I had nothing left! Life and love for myself and others. If I can do it I know you can.

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »

Learning From Real People

By Michael
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By Michael

How long were you in rehab?

I was in rehab for about one year, mostly at The Bridge Center.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Being in a controlled environment, the tools that helped me most were learning from real people who have been there and know how to live sober. I learned that I don’t have to drink or drug to be happy and that any one can get and stay clean through learned strength and conviction and God.

Advice

  • My advice to anyone looking to change their life would be to start off in a good rehab. They saved my life. I was lucky enough to get into an apartment program after rehab. I’ve been clean and serene for almost two years and will always be grateful to the programs that were there for me in my time of need.

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June 25th, 2015  in Going to Rehab No Comments »