I consider my decision to live at Healing Properties a turning point in my life. It is one of the few good decisions I have made up to this point in my life. Up to that point, I have lead an extremely selfish, self centered life. Even before I started using, my only concern was for my own wellbeing and happiness. I started drinking and using at an early age, and as my disease progressed I caused nothing but pain, suffering and harm to my friends, family and those around me. My drinking and using had gone from a social luxury to a daily necessity. Where I initially thought drugs were my solution to life’s problems, they soon became the cause of all my problems. My thought and actions, my whole life was about getting high. I hated my life, I hated myself, but I could not see that drugs and alcohol were not making things better. I could not stop.
After being kicked out of college, I fled home to my parents’ house, and proceeded to drink and drug into oblivion. I had alienated all my friends, and my family was tired of cleaning up after me. I was alone. Finally my parents told me they had had enough; that they loved me but could not continue to enable me. Unless I was sober, they I was not welcome I their lives. I was coerced into rehab, and while there I decided to go to a halfway house upon being discharged.
I am so thankful I chose to go to Healing Properties. I really don’t have the words to fully express my gratitude. The 12 months I spent there were truly life changing, and I will always cherish them. In this structured environment, I learned for the first time in my life how to be responsible, accountable and honest. This was not a fast or painless process. Most Importantly I was introduced the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I learned how to deal with the trials and tribulations of life without drinking or using. I learned how to be a productive, accountable and trustworthy member of society. This something I regard as miraculous, something I thought was impossible before coming to Healing Properties.
Furthermore, I was blown away by earnest care for my wellbeing shown by my roommates, house seniors, and the property manager and of courses you. I have made some of my closest friends here. Through Healing Properties and Alcoholics Anonymous, I was given the gift of a new serene outlook on life.
I feel as though I have been given my life back, and I shudder to think where I would be had I not come to Healing Properties. Thank you so much for all you have done for me, and for your continued commitment and dedication to help other alcoholics and addicts.