I am leaving Recovery First Residential Treatment

Today, I am leaving Recovery First residential treatment. I have been here for 36 days and I am proud to say that I successfully completed the program! This is my 14th treatment center in the last two years and the only one I’ve successfully completed.

When I came here, I was completely broken; all I knew was that I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. At first, I really didn’t want to be here at all. I felt that I knew everything that treatment could teach me, I didn’t think there was any more I could be taught. I couldn’t have been more wrong. No matter how many treatments you have been through, whether this be your first or your 20th, please remain teachable. That was extremely important for me.

For my whole first week I promised myself every morning that I would stay for another 24 hours. I just made myself a promise that I wouldn’t AMA that day. Just one day at a time is how I made it through my first ten days here. Then something happened…I began to enjoy myself. I was happy for the first time in a long time. I felt safe here and that was huge for me because prior to coming here I lived a life of chaos and misery where I was constantly unsafe. Remember that attitude is everything, especially while in treatment. One of the best things I did was remain positive. I did that by hanging out with positive people when I felt down.

It is okay to struggle, but when you are, surround yourself with people who can bring you up, not tear you down. When you are having a bad day, remember where you were before coming into treatment and I promise you that you will realize that your worst day in treatment is still a thousand times better than any day on the streets. Reach out to the staff and your peers and they will help you through your negative feelings. Use the resources you have available to you and learn all that you can while you are here at Recovery First.

Focus on your recovery; do not get caught up in the gossip and childishness that occurs in treatment. It will be there, but you don’t have to be part of it. Groups can be redundant, but it is important to stay in group and practice self-discipline because you never know what message you might miss when you walk out.

The staff here is absolutely wonderful; they are the main reason that I stayed here an was able to complete this program. They kept me safe when I didn’t know how to. They cared for me when I wasn’t able to. Most importantly, they loved me when I couldn’t love myself. Listen to them; they truly do care about you, do yourself a favor and let them help you. Complete this program; don’t sell yourself short by leaving early.

Lay the foundation for your recovery here and go on to be the person you are meant to be, you are worth it!


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