Client Success Stories highlight their journey to recovery and how they continued to stay sober after they completed their first level of care in rehab treatment.
Recovery is possible, you don't have to do it alone. New Hope Recovery Center is always happy to hear from alumni. Although the majority of the work towards recovery is done by our clients, we are grateful to know that we had a part in helping a client find their road to recovery. We are so proud of you!!!!!
Hi New Hope,
Things are going great, I really couldn't be happier.
The 2nd August will mark my 10 month anniversary and while the program keeps me going there is no doubt in my mind that New Hope started me down the road I find myself on today.
The gratitude I have for your program and staff is difficult to put into words.
Please pass on my thanks to everyone.
My story is much the same as any garden variety drunk; if I was conscious, I was drinking. Like a lot of drunks, I thought only other people were alcoholics. I even felt sorry for them as I would pass them at 9:00 am oblivious to the fact I’d been drinking since 6:00 am. Those poor, wretched souls. I had never hurt anyone but me and a couple of cars due to my drinking. The emotional damage I had inflicted on the people I love never occurred to me. My “bottom” was not dramatic either. It was just a very slow crawl through the life I’d created.
I would like to say I had a lucid moment and got myself into treatment, but I can’t. After all, I wasn't an alcoholic. But, when given the choice between rehab and no more bi-weekly paychecks, I greedily chose the former. I assumed I would be the brightest drunk ever to enter a treatment center. After all, I wasn't an alcoholic.
On my way to rehab my wife took me to a hospital for detox. Much like my drinking, detox was a few days of which I remember very little. It left me physically and mentally drained. Maybe I was ready.
My first experience in treatment at New Hope Recovery Center was the discovery that I was not alone in thinking I was the smartest kid in booze school. On my first day we were asked a very interesting question: "Have you ever tried to stop using drugs or alcohol using your own willpower?" Followed by, “how’d that work out for you?” I realized where I was and considered the question rhetorical. Obviously, I hadn't done such a hot job of managing my own decision making. At this point I was being offered help for a problem I didn't think I had. However, detox had relaxed my contrarian tendencies - but I didn't become a believer instantly. My first thought was “what’s the catch?” Well, there was only one: I’d been asked to have an open mind. No one was trying to force feed me. Instead, I was being offered a platter of suggestions that had worked for other drunks, leaving the decision to me to try or not. My history of basing my decisions on what they could do for ME, right now, might not be appropriate. Open mind? Maybe worth a shot. It was and it is.
Sobriety has never asked me to consider anything that isn't reasonable or in conflict with plain common sense. At the risk of sounding like a cheerleader, I can honestly say, I've never had the opportunity to enjoy life as I do today. But as I said, sobriety suits me.
I am a suburban mom, a nurse, a daughter, a friend, and a recovering alcoholic. Today, I say that with pride! For a long time I was too ashamed to accept all of me and THAT is what kept me sick for far too long.
I came to New Hope Recovery Center some years ago feeling completely broken. I had been sober for 5 years, but relapsed. The first time I got sober felt easy. I experienced far greater consequences after relapsing. It went on for years, seemed I could not find my way back. I could not stand to look at myself in the mirror. I was emotionally and physically sick. I remember thinking...how did I get here?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, did well in school, and had lots of friends. Went on to finish college, work successfully in my profession, got married and have 2 beautiful children. My drinking started in college, not unlike others. In my 20s I started working as nurse, and loved my job! It was very common for all of us to hit happy hours and drink on weekends. I was living in Lincoln Park, working, had a busy social life and was also attending graduate school. My drinking continued through all of this, though it did not seem problematic. All my friends drank as I did. We often joked about our minor consequences. It did not occur to me that my drinking was abnormal…till later.
My 30s were full...my nursing career advanced, I married, and my drinking progressed. I went from being a moderate social drinker to a daily drinker. It snuck up on me. I really don’t recall the shift occurring. I was sneaking drinks, lying to my friends and family, having regular blackouts. I worked very hard to keep it all together. On the outside I was professional and happy; on the inside I was becoming dark, scared, and sad. Alcohol was beginning to run the show. It got to the point where I awoke every day shaking and nauseous planning when I could drink. I drove intoxicated regularly, and I was finally stopped. The DUI arrest I received in my mid 30s saved my life. (Of course it didn't feel that way at the time). It was the intervention /consequence I needed to change. I went to my first 30 day treatment and began attending AA regularly. Life was good........for 5 years.
I learned sobriety does not guarantee life will be easy. After 5 years, I picked up a drink to cope with life challenges. This began a very rocky road filled with humiliation. My consequences built rapidly. I was drinking alone, and black outs were regular. I was depressed and isolating. I risked losing my children, my home, and my sanity. I felt too ashamed to go back to AA. I made the decision to leave my home and children to stay with New Hope Recovery Center for an extended time. I stayed in their Extended Care apartments in Lincoln Park, attended first the Residential Day Program and then the IOP program. It was life changing. I got sober again attending groups, community AA meetings and living with sober women. I quickly got a new sponsor and completely immersed myself in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. I did what my counselor and sponsor said, without question. I became a part of the Chicago-land AA community and learned to like myself again. With the support of New Hope Recovery and the fellowship of AA, I eventually transitioned back home.
Today my life is full again. I have a network of friends in AA, and I work closely with my sponsor and continue to stay connected to New Hope Recovery Center. I know now what it means to be a grateful recovering alcoholic.
I was a daily drinker rapidly becoming a 24/7 drinker at the moment I arrived at New Hope Recovery Center. I had experienced ER visits, auto accidents, and damaged relationships as a result of my drinking and was somewhat willing to admit I had a problem, but was certain I would eventually find a way to manage the situation on my own such as only drinking at home. As I continued to drink while waiting for a solution to present itself, my wife grew increasingly concerned and asked me to seek help. I agreed to do an intake interview for an outpatient program, planning to lie my way through it, perhaps attend a few sessions, and avoid making any changes to my life.
The night before the interview, I drank to a blackout (a fairly regular occurrence), and was kicked out of my house by my wife. I showed up for the intake interview at New Hope Recovery Center at 7 AM the next morning still heavily intoxicated and bearing a black eye from a drunken fight earlier in the week. I experienced a moment of clarity, and realized how ludicrous attempts to downplay my drinking would be. I was willing to say yes when the 28-day residential day program was recommended in lieu of an intensive outpatient program.
Having made the decision to enter the program, I took it seriously and honestly attempted to do what was asked of me by the staff. I was rewarded with new knowledge about alcoholism and a real look at myself. I recognize now that such a fully immersive experience was necessary for me to see how sick I really was. I am absolutely certain that if I had attempted the program of action recommended by Alcoholics Anonymous without such a foundation, I would have quickly judged my way out of AA and back into alcoholic misery. I followed the residential day treatment program with the evening intensive outpatient program and the weekly aftercare program, both of which helped provide a transition back into everyday life and introduced me to others new to recovery.
I have now been sober for just under 18 months and am an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. While my only goal was to stop or control my drinking, I have experienced a more comprehensive shift in my perception and thought processes. Drinking myself into oblivion no longer sounds like a great idea; neither do random bursts of violence or concentrating exclusively on my own needs at all times. Spirituality and intuition, which would have been laughable to me in the past, are real parts of my life, and have made it richer and more rewarding.
I remember thinking while being driven from the intake interview at New Hope Recovery Center to a detox center that it was the worst day in my life. I can honestly say now that it has proven to be one of the best due to the subsequent changes in my life.
I am extremely grateful that I made the decision to seek treatment for my drug/alcohol addiction at New Hope Recovery Center in an effort to regain control of my life. Enrolling in the Residential Day Treatment Program was scary because it meant being away from my home, family, and work. In hindsight, I realize that I would have lost all of those things if I continued on the destructive path my addiction was leading me down.
New Hope Recovery Center was a great fit for me because the counselors and staff genuinely cared about my sobriety, which was clearly demonstrated in their sensitivity, honesty, and actions. Feeling like I was accepted, and knowing they had significant experience working with people just like me, helped to build the necessary trust for me to make a new beginning and made me feel safe in my new environment.
I feel fortunate that I was able to relate to the other clients at New Hope Recovery Center. Despite our different backgrounds, we all struggled with the same disease. The “disease concept” was completely foreign to me until I attended my first session at New Hope Recovery Center. I immediately learned about the physical and mental aspects of my addiction and how my behavior and actions impacted me and those around me. New Hope Recovery Center equipped me with a toolset, and clear directions on how to begin repairing my mind, body and spirit.
New Hope Recovery Center also provided the continuity I needed to ensure I remained sober beyond just 28 days. I attended their Intensive Outpatient Program, which allowed me to reinforce the principles I was taught and apply them at work, at home and with my family. I also participated in Aftercare which enabled me to nurture the relationships I established with my peers and maintain direct contact with New Hope’s staff.
I feel blessed to be writing this 1.5 years later - still sober. Drugs and alcohol are no longer a part of my existence. My relationships with my wife, my family, and my friends are stronger than I could have ever envisioned. I am gainfully employed in a career that I am extremely passionate about. I have developed a network of sober friends that support one another.
I am able to give back to New Hope Recovery Center’s community by stepping up alongside other Alumni members to help newcomers in recovery. Most importantly, I have found a sense of peace and happiness that I did not think was possible without drugs and alcohol. If I can do it, anyone can do it. You just need to be willing to ask for help.
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