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01/11/2008

I came to this drug rehab on May 6th, 2007. I was 20 years old and coming off of alcohol, cocaine, weed and ecstasy. At the beginning I did not think I needed to come to rehab since I used to be a heroin addict. The problem with me was that I had switched addictions and did not think it was a big deal. As I started the program and learned different ways to deal with my emotions I realized that I needed help because I was never able to deal with my emotions, resentments, and insecurities. This had always led me to relapse, and I had never realized how bad I was hurting myself, my family, and my loved ones. I never liked to face my problems--always ran from them using drugs and alcohol until I was completely numbed, had alcohol poisoning or would be overdosing.

When I started doing this program I was not sure if it was going to help me because I had been in several 12-step programs before but I knew this was my last chance--it was either this or death. The difference with this program seemed to be that I had the opportunity to work on myself and figure out what it is that made me relapse. During the life skills courses, I found my answer. When I started the sauna detoxification program I experienced something that I never had before--I was sweating all the toxins out that were still in my body. With the help of the counselors I was able to get up on my feet and keep going with my recovery, which was something huge for me and something I was never able to do before.

I learned how to be comfortable with myself and not worry about what anyone else thought about me. I learned here that as long as I am taking care of myself and doing well I do not have to worry about suppressive people coming into my life because now I know how to handle them in a healthy and smart way. I got to deal with my emotions and shared my deep secrets that I had and was holding on to because I was scared of people's judgments. After doing that I felt so much better and felt a huge relief from all those memories and thoughts which seemed to repeat. After that I was able to repair what I had done in the past and got back on good terms with my loved ones. Of course their trust did not come back right away but it did over time. I still do not have a perfect relationship with my mother but I can deal with it now in a different way that I used to. I am actually able to confront her now and not let her comments affect me the same way they did before. I am so grateful for having my dad who has been with me through bad and good times--still there for me no matter what.

I am really grateful to this rehab program for giving me back the life that I am now living and for showing me how to live comfortably without alcohol or drugs. They gave me the opportunity to give back by training me to be staff after I had successfully completed the program. I now know what it is to have fun with a real smile on my face. This is after 8 years of being in the dark thinking that was my real life. Thank you so much for helping me get my life back and giving my dad the daughter he deserves!

A.G.

 

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