I arrived here at Recovery Acres August 15th of last year without a true desire to be sober or a belief in the process or the system because I would have rather been out there high doing my DOC as it was easier, familiar, and that would have landed me back in custody or worse dead. I was an addict of some sort of drug in one form or another for 26 years. I did not believe I could live and function sober. I had done other treatment programs, and none were successful until I came to RA. The Recovery Acres program was different for me because it was a live-in treatment center where they made it so you could not fake it. You had a curfew, you had rules, you also lived with other addicts so if you were doing something somebody knew. Little did I know how much it was going to change me in the 3 and a half months that I spent here at Recovery Acres.
When I first came to Recovery Acres I was very angry and pissed off at the world because I felt that I had been robbed of what I thought was my best friend, my addiction, my drug. I thought every situation could be solved with violence and anger. At Recovery Acres they have seen a lot and know how hard it is when you arrive, and the struggle you are going through just to be standing there at that moment. I thought I knew what was best, when really, I just needed that time to come around. When I left Recovery Acres in December I left with a whole new attitude, skill-set, thought process, and — the biggest thing — a new belief in the value of living sober.
I recently celebrated one year of sobriety! Recovery Acres gave me so much when I was there and throughout the following months of my sober journey when I didn’t even live there any longer.
Recovery Acres and the staff create a positive, sober, safe, loving, all-inclusive environment where you can build future successes. Also, LOVE from Doug and all the staff at Recovery Acres is a very powerful motivator while you are at treatment. There is a lot of tolerance at Recovery Acres outside of the things they don’t allow which is what helps make this place such a success as long as that is what you want it to be. They make you feel supported and comfortable enough to do the hard work. You as the individual have to do the hard work and let me tell you it is going to be hard at times, but it’s worthwhile work and you never ever have to do it alone or by yourself. Please have patience with yourself and with the process during and following your time at Recovery Acres.
Recovery Acres gave me an awesome support network and also good positive sober friends who supported me completely while in the program. We are still friends and proud supporters of one another a year after graduating from the Recovery Acres program and all of us maintain our sobriety to this day. While here I encourage you to take advantage of the group outings and activities even if you feel it’s stupid because you never know who you will meet and how that will impact your life and vice versa in this recovery journey.
Recovery Acres is Bigger than just addiction treatment and cleaning up, they help you get financial funding, Dentist, and access to see a doctor and get your affairs in order so that when the treatment starts you can concentrate on treatment. Building something secure and of good structure is always easier when you have a solid foundation and guidelines to follow.
To this day I still have my certificates I received hung in my room to remind me every time I see them that what Recovery Acres helped me achieve was taking my entire life back from addiction. It is a big deal getting and staying sober.
Now because of my successes and positive choices I can hold my head up high and am no longer discouraged or ashamed of what I represent as a person and that is a powerful and life changing place to be. I genuinely care about and love who I am today. Every day I can look myself in the mirror and I no longer have a problem with that. Before addiction got in the way but now there is no way addiction will stop me from being who I actually am and that is an amazing good person.
So, in the beginning as I stated I was miserable but now life is good and enjoyable. I smile and laugh everyday and that is a blessing and one of the greatest things that sobriety has given back to me. Back then I thought things were great and I was having a good time, but in reality, things sucked and so did life. Now things are so good, life is great. I run an awesome sober program in my life and would not go back or change things for anything or any reason. The work doesn’t stop when you leave Recovery Acres but you are equipped with an arsenal of knowledge and tools to help you in your sober life 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, equals a life time of sobriety.