I've had chronic pain for the past 30 years. I've been addicted to pres. drugs off and on for 30 years.
I tried re-hab, de-tox, everything...Nothing worked, until I was led to Suboxone and a chronic pain/addiction therapy program, called, "Recovery Road". It has changed my life. I now have the tools I need to beat the terrible disease.
Are you tired of hearing your newspaper drop every morning...of depression. Have you dropped off the planet. What do you have to lose(but your life). It just takes one call to change your life...What do you have to lose. Make that call. I did.
Recovery Road has given me a good foundation to meet the challenges of every day life.
At Recovery Road I have learned tools and strategies to help me get through every day.
At Recovery Road - nothing beats the teamwork of a group and the effort of the individual to come to the best conclusion.
I enrolled in Recovery Road Medical Center's mental health track after
suffering treatment-resistant major depressive disorder for several
months. I was truly at rock-bottom when I enrolled -- depressed to the
point of being suicidal.
Recovery Road's group therapy program gave me valuable support from
trained therapists, and the group structure gave me hope as I learned
that I was not alone. I learned skills in Recovery Road that not only
helped me cope with, and refute, the many negative thoughts I was
having as a result of my depression, but that are valuable for me in
coping with life's everyday stresses and that will serve me for the
rest of my life.
I am proud to say that my depression is now in remission. I credit
Recovery Road as being an important part of my mental health team that
helped bring me out of the pit of depression and that literally saved
The Way My Life Once Was vs. The Way My Life Is Now
I never thought I'd be where I'm at today. That's both a good, and at times, a not so good feeling. I remember being at dance class in my high school years and being nervous when class got out at night. Across the street is where the AA/NA meetings were held. Honestly, that frightened me! To me, those people were scary and dirty drug addicts, people you had to watch out for! Well, today I am one of them! And although I consider myself, or them as "scary and dirty" anymore, I know that I am a drug addict! I would have never pictured myself becoming a drug addict back then, but then again, who really does!? It's a fact of life that people have pre-conceived ideas and perceptions of others, and most often that is because of their own ignorance. Most people don't understand addiction unless they have gone through it themselves.
Today I see what makes recovery groups like AA/NA so important! Addiction does not discriminate. The recovery program has helped me immensely! Not only do I feel like I'm not alone anymore, and there are many others struggling like me, but I have also come to understand what addiction is,and how to have a better handle on my emotions; The reason I started using my drug of choice in the first place.
I experimented with many drugs in my early 20's, but nothing ever made me feel like painkillers did! They were just that: Painkillers! They numbed me, and after losing both my grandparents to cancer, they helped me cope with every uncomfortable emotion I experienced for years! (Or so I thought.)
I knew that I had a problem, and I tried to stop so many times, but I just couldn't! Pills had a hold on me like nothing before! So I lived a double life for 7 years. Ironically, I was the pharmacy technician by day, and the pill popping escapist by night. As time went on, I became a pill-popping escapist 24 hours a day. Leading me to eventually lose my job, my apartment,and myself as I knew it. Nobody could make me stop. While looking back on all of the years wasted by drugs, and not even seeing a future for myself anymore, I made a decision to finally get some help for myself!
Dear Doctor El Asyouty and the entire Recovery Road team,
I'd like to express my gratitude and thanks for the help I've received through my out patient care provided by Recovery Road. I came into the program with severe depression, anxiety, and alcohol dependency.
I am familiar with out patient services as I've been before, and was very surprised and grateful for the care I received and what I found at Recovery Road. I came into the program with some trepidation that I would be getting 12-stepped, which I didn't need as I was quite familiar with AA. What I found were some fantastic tools through Cognitive Behavior Therapy that allowed me to see the negative tape that was playing in my head, and how to change that outlook and identify what was actually real vs. perceived, and how to change that tape in my head in a more positive direction.
What I received was a recipe for living a more comfortable and happy life through identifying my negative thoughts and what the actual truth is, and therefore changing my reactions to situations. It was a real eye opener to see how much of my depression and anxiety issues where generated through my own thinking and outlook, and that through some simple identification and changes in my thoughts and actions, I could change a seemingly impossible situation to something manageable.
Our therapist Clyde was fantastic, as was the entire staff at Recovery Road, and I would highly recommend the program to anyone dealing with these multiple emotional and addictive issues. I found that combining the Recovery Road out-patient program with my 12-step program, and in addition to outside therapy as well, I have made huge progress and now not only have hope, but am confident that if I continue to apply the tools I learned at Recovery Road and stay sober, that I can be comfortable in my own skin, and happy again.
Thanks again to everyone at Recovery Road for getting me on the path to recovery and success.
Before going to Recovery Road in June 2011, I was suffering with alcohol addiction and depression. I was referred to Recovery Road by my family doctor after telling him how I felt and that I was looking for help before things got eve worse for me. Even when I went for a consultation session with Clyde, I remember thinking of stopping by the liquor store for more alcohol before I got home; but when I left Recovery Road that day, I went home after picking up some medication to help with de-tox. That weekend was hard to get through my my withdrawals, but I did it. On Monday I started going to meetings every day after work with Clyde in a group session. I continued the program and stayed with it until the end of August. After the program, I was still taking my sobriety one day at a time. I still had the cravings and urges but I used a lof of self-talk, medication and discipline to get me through it.
Now that it has been twenty two months of sobriety, I look back at where I've been and pray I don't relapse. I still have thoughts of how I would like to have one drink but remember something I was told long ago that one-will-hurt. I live under this rule every day and each day is a little easier, but I have to keep my guard up because I know how cunning alcohol can be. I do go to the alumni meetings although not as many as I should. I remember the lessons of past meetings which always get me through what I'm dealing with and people that I met through the program including counselors, who are willing to listen and who I can always rely on. I take each day as a learning process. I stay with my monthly doctor appointments and take my medications to help with my depression.
I know I need to stay on the path to my recovery because the other choice is not an option. I want to thank all the staff at Recovery Road for all their help and Clyde for his open ear and his patience during our counseling sessions. If my letter inspires one person to continue with their sobriety, this would be the ultimate to hear in my recovery process. Again, thank you Recovery Road for all your support.