Testimonies of AlumniMarch 13, 2013
How Spirit Lodge Helped Turn an Addiction into a Vibrant Recovery
Many of Spirit Lodge’s guests are referred to the holistic alcohol and drug treatment center by professionals in the medical, therapeutic, addiction/recovery, and legal fields. These professionals take great care in selecting treatment facilities for their patients/clients. After all, lives – not just reputations – are on the line. In order to best serve the needs of these referents, Spirit Lodge taps the expertise of qualified therapists, interventionists, and other healthcare professionals to create a smooth, unique path to treatment.
The Spirit Lodge “experience” is just that. It lasts 35 to 60 days, and the center’s staff adapts a specialized treatment episode for each guest. The treatment plan begins with an assessment of the guest’s individual situation, including helping him/her determine what led to the choices he/she made previously.January 17, 2013
A typical Google search for drug treatment facilities will yield upwards of 17 million possible sites and/or articles to explore, many of which are produced or sponsored by facilities that will boast of their success rates.
Nothing, though, attests to a center’s ability to change lives quite like the stories from people who have “been there and done that.” Those who have been addicted – and then been made well again – know like no others exactly what it is that helps one facility separate itself from the others.
At Spirit Lodge, the accolades from guests who have experienced the center’s unique alcohol- or drug-treatment programs represent the facility’s signature accomplishment: It truly does help turn lives around in profound and lasting ways.
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The following story comes directly from a person in recovery and a Spirit Lodge alumna. For her privacy, we have removed all references to her name. However, we hope that this story will inspire others who are addicted and their loved ones to seek out recovery programs like Spirit Lodge to learn how to live life sober.
“I had the absolute best childhood. I grew up in a family of four sisters and my parents. We were upper middle class; my dad was an OBGYN and my mother was a specialty businesswoman. We were taught values, manners, and the Jewish traditions. I had a lot of friends and we all did the right thing back then. I was always the good one and didn’t get in any trouble.
“The question was never, ‘Are you going to college?’ but ‘Where are you going to college?’ I strayed away from the Texas sorority girl route and moved to the mountains to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson. That’s where I was introduced to my first hit of marijuana, but I just said ‘no thank you.’ When I got home from college in my 20’s, one of my best friends was dating the lead singer of a band so every weekend I got introduced to cocaine. I was still a hard worker and focused so, even though we would use cocaine on the weekends, I was back to work Monday mornings. It didn’t control me.
“I believe that addiction is in your genes. In my family, out of the five of us girls, two are addicts and the other three are squeaky clean. My dad was in Gamblers Anonymous® for 12 years. I always wanted more of everything, whether that was food or cocaine, but it wasn’t a drug addiction because I could control it so it didn’t affect my life, I thought. During my 20’s, I was doing cocaine on the weekends but was still working with no problem. I was drug free most of my 30’s.
“I was transferred to Miami and was doing great but then my husband passed away when I was 46. That’s when I was introduced to crack. Once I got a hit of crack, it was ‘game on.’ I was functioning great until I crossed that line. Death caused me to slip and death almost took my life because I had to try it one more time. It controlled me and it took everything away from me including my family, my job, etc. I moved back to Houston and was introduced by my sister where to get it. I ended up spending 30 days in jail and then drug court. I did great for about two years because jail scared me to death and it scared me straight. But when I got out of drug court, the first call I made was to my crack dealer. I hadn’t hit my bottom yet.
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The following story comes directly from a Right Step alumna in recovery. We hope that this story will inspire others who are addicted, and their loved ones, to seek out recovery programs like Right Step and Spirit Lodge to learn how to live life sober.
“I started using substances at the age of 12. I am not new to recovery; I started going to treatment facilities in order to manage my using. I never wanted recovery, though…I just wanted to be free from using cocaine. I left the first facility with a husband and, nine months later, we had a beautiful son. We both started using again shortly after my son was born. We separated after 18 months and I went two years without cocaine, and with minimal drinking. But, when I was confronted with a situation I could not manage, I ended up in a mental hospital with a straight jacket, leading to months of clinical therapy. Again, I thought I had a workable solution, and with every promotion or success I began to reward myself with occasional binges of smoking crack.
“At that point, I turned to religion. I thought I had the answer. I was prayed for, given scripture and confession, which worked only as long as I was at church. In 2003, I came to the end of my rope and was introduced to a spiritual program. I had a spiritual director and I followed the plan she gave me. It gave me momentary relief, but because I never identified with my emotions, I continued to occasionally binge on cocaine in situations that I could not control. I always started off with the occasional drink. I would never give up drinking because I was not an alcoholic…so I thought. I thought I had found a better way to use cocaine and still function. Read the rest of this entry »