Open Mind, Listen and Get Better
I’ve came along way since I got to the A Forever Recovery facility. When I pulled up to the front of the building, I thought this place looked like something out of a Friday the 13th movie. I met Boston Todd from security and he seemed pretty cool. After he went through my stuff and took away half of my toiletries he walked me over to the withdrawal house. I thought to myself, I’ve really messed up to get myself here.
The first night of sleep wasn’t that BAD. Whitney made me some tea and I went right to sleep. The next three days were a living nightmare. I was super angry and trying to think of any way to get back home. My attitude stunk and one of the nurses said “how are you feeling” and I said “I’m hurting from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, if you really want to know.” She went and got Morris and he brought me downstairs to his room for a one on one. He gave me some tough love, told me “I talked to your dad and you’re not going home, this program works and the food sucks.” By the next morning I was ready to do this, have an open mind, listen and get better. When I first got over to this side all the clients were so friendly and nice to me. So I thought hey, this program must work in some way or another. From the first class I went to that night with Keith, WOW.
Drinking is Not the Cure
Well, here is what happened to me while staying at the A Forever Recovery rehab. I found that drinking is not the cure I was looking for. It was the peripheral devices around that habit I learned to respect and recognize. The programs were the main support to sobriety. The round circle meetings-telling all, the steps-telling all, inventory-all important cleansing of the soul and excess baggage. At night, the inner feelings with peers were important as well. The total approach was just perfect for me.
Letting My Inner Self Out
The A Forever Recovery program helped me deal with being shy, letting my inner self out and helping my inner self and personality become one to make me strong enough to do what I want in life. It made me realize that I don’t have to tell myself that I can’t do something when I’ve never even tried. The inventory helped me discover why I used and hopefully I can let that go, but for now I will be O.K. without using. The MRI has hopefully helped me to gain the relationships back that were good in my life and are going to help me in the long run and a boost if I need it! I need to live life for what it gives me and deal with everything in a calm way no matter what happens!