Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Letter to the Editor: A Patient Testimonial

People often ask if working at a substance abuse detox facility is depressing work.  Truth be told, it can be.  Truth also be told, it's usually not.  As a matter of fact, I always tell people that the people I work with day in and day out are the fun people they just forgot to leave the party and stayed too late.  While this usually generates laughter, I am, in fact, only half-kidding.  Our patients really are the fun people and unfortunately most of them did decided to stay at the party a little too long and now need help to find the door, so to speak! 

Recently, we received a letter from a former patient named Elizabeth*.  She was writing to tell us the good news that has happened in her life since she came to see us 3 years ago.  It turns out that she just celebrated 3 years of sobriety!  We were so proud to learn of her awesome progress. 

Elizabeth came to our center as a very depressed and almost suicidal woman in her mid-forties.  Here husband of many years had recently passed away from a drug overdose and her grief was slowly killing her through her addiction to opiate pills.  At first, she was listless and uninterested in changing her life.  Slowly, however, during the course of the detox and several conversations, Elizabeth's attitude bgan to change. 

Fast forward to today:  Elizabeth now moved a few states away and is very happy.  She also met a man not too long after her move and is engaged to be married now.  Her life keeps getting better because of her commitment to abstinence, aftercare and recovery.  In fact, she would say that her sobriety is the sole reason why her life just keeps getting better.  We agree!

At The Coleman Institute, we're here for you.  We're cheering you on from the bleachers.  If you're ready to get in the game of recovery, please call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  

*Name changed to protect anonymity and confidentiality

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