Thank God I had the opportunity to go to Herren Wellness and slowly they made me feel like I could do this. I had tried so many times I really didn’t think it was possible. I thought I was one of those hopeless people that would never get it, and that I was destined to die from this. I felt like I went to bed at 18 years old and woke up at 40 in treatment with five children and a raging drug and alcohol problem. I would think all the time that the best thing for me to do would be to disappear.

I realized that he was there the whole time but I refused to let him be a part of my life. I am not a Bible banger but I did find spirituality. I kept recalling a mentor of mine telling me over the years “we are as sick as our secrets”. Why would these people care so much about me that they would beg me? Then they were talking about honesty and those words came back to me “we are as sick as our secrets”. I changed my life that day at Chandler Valley Hope.

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One of the crucial changes the counselors said needs to happen is my evenings. So now I can say I hardly ever come home and go to my desk to continue to work. I usually do most desk work now in the early morning or take one day off through the week to get it done.

I was free to drink and use the way I wanted to. It made me feel powerful, like I was unstoppable. My alcoholism had progressed to the point in which I couldn’t get drunk anymore.

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I didn’t think my behaviors had to change. I thought I could act crazy and stay sober. I finally realized that even if I did manage to stay sober without making changes I was going to be a miserable human being. I knew I had to change my outlook on things and reach out. In my mid-thirties I was in and out of treatment. At one point I was able to stay sober for a year, but I slipped away from my recovery.

  • There’s little more challenging than fighting cravings for drugs or alcohol while you’re clinging to sobriety.
  • I go out dancing, I’m 100% me, I can literally do everything I did before except I just don’t drink.

And the more that I honor the value that I’m bringing to people’s lives, the easier it is for me to stop making bad decisions. It’s been very centering and very sobering — that’s the best word I can use. Clear mind, level-headed, not clouded.

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Now my evenings are either working out, walking, Mountain biking, fishing, Dirt track races, or the pool. My name is Laura T, and I hung my cup at Valley Hope in November of 2005 at the young age of 21. I sort of followed my discharge plan, but not completely. I’d like to say that I maintained sobriety after discharge but that wouldn’t be honest. At that time, I conceded that I was a drug addict, but I couldn’t accept that I was an alcoholic.

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Since then, I have successfully completed IOP. The Valley Hope programs are really great. I came into treatment pretty broken; alcohol had made my life miserable. I committed myself to the program of treatment along with the AA meetings and program. As a result of surrendering myself completely I now am living a life worth living. Without the Valley Hope and AA I would not be living the new life.

Don feels that he relapsed because his spirituality was missing. Don initially rejected the concept of a higher power. Like many others before him, though, he stumbled upon a healing force that’s both intangible and unexplainable. Eventually, Kate decided to take action and she committed to rehab. By the time Kate was 21, she had fought her way to long-term sobriety.

I rode back in a taxi to the airport crying and promising myself I would get help when I got home. When I got back to NYC, I found a therapist – who I still work with to this day – and weighed my options of inpatient rehab, outpatient therapy, or doing it at home with her support. I decided to do it at home and finally stopped drinking a couple months later on April 12, 2021.