I went to Neil Kenny Recovery Center (NKRC) from June 26th until Oct. 26th 2009. I started in hospitalization at Parkside in Gahanna, Ohio. This is why I am a live today. There is no other hospital or treatment center who could help me. I had been to three others. Parkside and NKRC got it. Thank God for counselors who know what they are doing and can get it out of you, (Because remember your not an alcoholic or a drug addict) Yea, right. They can see right thru you when you walk thru that door. I had a wonderful counselor, Donn Ross, who knew exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. He got things out of me that I didn't know I had in me. Thank God he did. Right from the first day that I went in for my assessment, with Nora, who is great.. To Pat, who is always glad to see you, and so happy for your progress through treatment. Lovely Brooke, who had me draw pictures, and than teach me what I didn't get. I have never looked at a drawing the same way twice. Ed and his humor which is great. They all want you to succeed in your treatment. It is not always pretty, but neither was being drunk and being an addict fun. Now it is time to learn you don't have to live that way any longer. There are tools that are out there that can help you live a dry drug free life. I am so grateful for that. I am grateful for everyone that was working with me that has the knowledge and education to help me stay alive. That is what this is all about. I do work my program with those tools, I have a sponsor who has a sponsor who has a sponsor. I go to 6-8 meetings a week. I have to to stay alive. I give back to this program as much as it has given me. I have learned to give for the right reasons, I have boundries. I have tools to stay alive. All of my counselors gave me a road map to use and I had to get on that road and stay there.
This program is a 12 step program and you have to do the 12 steps or you will relapse. I have done my 12 steps the first time through, and now I am living them and I will always do my 12 steps and live them, this is what I will do the rest of my life.
I have 17 months. WOW!!!!!!!! I know when I thought 17 minutes was a long time. The only difference btw me and a newcomer is a drink or a drug. I give back to that newcomer coming in that is so down, just like me 17 months ago.
There has been so many wonderful people in my life along the way helping me with my sobriety and I will not let myself down or those people down who have been with me and who still are with me..
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!