September is National Recovery Month.
Although we celebrate recovery every month of the year at Choices Recovery, September is National Recovery Month. Our graduates wish to share their stories with others, as a way of giving back and offering hope to people experiencing struggling with addiction.
Matt J. struggled with alcoholism for many years. He had several periods of sobriety, but relapse was a constant issue for him. “I’ve gone several years without drinking,” he said, “but I kept relapsing and could not understand why.” Through his individualized treatment program at Choices Recovery, Matt uncovered the issues fueling his drinking, and now has a more positive outlook for the future.
Keisha started smoking pot at a young age, and her drug use escalated quickly. “By the time I was 15-16, I had started pretty much doing everything,” she admits. “My life was very unmanageable. I wasn’t taking care of myself, and it was taking a toll on me.” After her time at our recovery center, Keisha discovered that a lifestyle without drugs or alcohol is more rewarding than she ever thought possible. “I’m excited to see the change in myself, and to see other people see it, but most of all just to know it in my heart.”
Brian started abusing alcohol when he was 20 years old. His addiction took over his life, and things began to get complicated. “I made a few bad decisions that I’ll be paying for the next few years. So, I brought myself here to fix and mend the problems that I had.”
Recovery is Different for Everyone.
Lewis abused opiates throughout high school, eventually leading to a heroin addiction. This went on for close to a decade until he started using Crystal Meth. “I’ve done a lot of AA. It’s a nice program, but AA doesn’t really get to the ‘why’.” While AA and NA work for many, others find more benefit in a different recovery method. At choices, we offer multi-modality treatment options.
Linda lived a life of a functional alcoholic. “I have been drinking for many years,” she admits. “Still working, holding a job, hanging out with friends every once in a while. I realized that when I start drinking I couldn’t stop.” Many people think that as long as they aren’t getting fired from their job or losing their home, there isn’t a problem. “I knew I needed help, but when it came out of my daughter’s mouth, that was a real big awakening,” she explains. “You’ve got to be ready. If you aren’t ready, it’s not going to work.”
We find that the most important part of a successful rehabilitation is the individual. Our patients are encouraged to explore all of our options until they find what will work best for them. They learn that recovery is a way of life, and that a brighter tomorrow depends on the choices that they make today.