When people in our program are able to get back to a life of normalcy, it affects those around them, it is the privilege in what we do. A cause and effect that can take on a life of its own. The impact on immediate family can be profound, but more, they can become an inspiration to coworkers, friends and other who have witnessed change first hand. In their words...
What Our Clients Say
I was working a lot and I started doing heroin, then one day I started doing meth and it spun out of control. I didn’t go home for four days but continued to go to work and I basically got stopped by the cops for going crazy in Fry’s and they contacted my Uncle. My Uncle came and met me and basically did an intervention on me.
I don’t think if they let me come back right away, when I did. I probably would have gone off the deep end pretty bad. I probably would have ended up committing a crime. I was already committing crimes but I was ready to go back to my old ways of robbing people and doing burglaries. I would probably be in prison or dead if they didn’t let me back when they did.
Here they integrate you back into the real world kind of slowly. Like the different phases of the program. Phase 1 you’re kind of on lock down. Which I think everybody needs for their first month. And then phase two they kind of let you out, you get your phone, phase 3 they don’t let you work but they give you a job and it’s monitored. So you kind of get the feel for the work force. And in Phase 4 you can get a job and you kind of you are like living life again but are still under the umbrella of treatment and accountability.
I had given up on everything. I had tried, quote on quote, treatment before through a halfway house. I had tried it on my own, tried it with my Mom and tried pretty much every resource I had. I was hopeless, I mean, nothing seemed to work. I couldn’t seem to grasp the idea of staying sober and being happy with it.
I’m kind of that person that is always looking for instant gratification and it’s taken a while for me to realize the power of now and be in the moment. I am a far more patient person than from when I first got here. The Bridges Network has taught be the philosophy of living each day.
Taught me saving money, being counted on...it’s nice to have responsibility. I went from working non-stop before to pay rent and handle everything...it’s long enough during the week that I can stay busy with it but its short enough so that I can put my program first.
Before I got to treatment I had my own apartment and ended up getting evicted from it because I just kind of threw my money away drinking and doing Xanax. I moved into my parent’s house and tried to hide the fact that I was like obviously an alcoholic but I knew it. They caught on, I ended up crashing my car twice in the same week. Then I just walked into an intervention one day. My parents and my sister.
I always had a really hard time showing any emotion or standing up for myself or asking for help in general. Relying on other people to make me feel okay about myself. They have all the phase up homework and that actually helped me out a lot more you had to look at the reasons why you acted out the way you did. And then you’re able to fix it. Once you realize that you’re not doomed forever... and then of course therapists and stuff like that.
I feel like I was kind of living like two different lives before so of course when I got here I put on this fake front in front of everyone. Now it’s genuine, I don’t feel like I have to hide a bunch of stuff, I don’t feel like I have to lie.
This is my 11th treatment center. It’s more realistic to long-term sobriety. All the other stuff is like super extreme. They don’t guilt trip you or make you feel bad if you mess up or you’re not doing the right thing all the time. Other places like shame you if you do one little thing wrong.