When I walked into Angel’s I didn’t know what to expect. I had been in other treatment centers including one that was considered the largest and one of the top treatments in the country. The shame and guilt that I was engulfed in weighed me down. I couldn’t believe I was at another treatment center. I couldn’t believe I had relapsed again. The negative consequences came quick and harder this time. Not only was I hurting emotional, physically I was in pain from withdrawal. I needed help. When was this vicious cycle going to end?
As soon as I got to Angel’s they instantly greeted me with warmth. They made sure I was as comfortable as possible. The nurse and doctors showed me that they truly cared. It was an easy detox. That helped because I was able to listen and participate in groups right away. I was allowed to keep my phone and laptop! Which for me was huge because not only did it help me rebuild family communication, I was able to still conduct business. The beautiful estates where amazing. I woke up each morning and have a cup of coffee by the beautiful pool and hot tub while watching the horses have their morning run. My body got to rest with ease especially after the horror that I just put myself through during my relapse.
The therapists were exceptional. I’ve been in treatment before, worked in treatment, been involved with 12 step programs for 7 years and even in ministry, I thought there was nothing that anyone can or could say to help me that I already didn’t know. Boy was I wrong. Angel’s took what I knew and taught me how to put it to action. They helped me dig deep and begin a healing process. I felt like all the therapists were my therapists. They truly cared and each one knew my name and genuinely showed concern for my well-being.
I was blown away that the CEO of Angel’s knew my name and had an open door policy. Anyone could come and talk with her about anything. She would not only listen but she would take action and do all that she could to help each client. Her knowledge, compassion, and experience helped me to succeed and not give up.
The tech’s all were experienced and provided a safe place for me. They also cared and directed us in a professional manner. I have found that in other treatment centers that is not always the case. But here they were interactive with us and would listen to us. Each weekend was filled with fun activities like the amazing Florida beaches, movies, golf, picnics, etc. Even our personal Chef treated each of us with respect and would as best he could, cater to our needs.
When I came to Angel’s I had no hope and I was full of shame and guilt with trauma and pain from the past. I wanted to die but couldn’t. I hated myself and my life. Angel’s helped me to dig deep and begin a healing process so I could recover. My life today is amazing. I get to help people with this disease addiction. I get to have fun in recovery. I have rebuilt family relationship and relationship with others. I thank Angel’s every day for all they have done by staying clean each day. They were able to see my needs and they were able to meet them.
Angel’s still is a big part of my life. I stay connected through their alumni program. I made friends through Angels. We network together, have fun together, and support each other.
Today I love my life. I love my family and friends. I am available. I have hope. I am a father. I am a son. I have the best job in the world. I’m a healing man. I am free. Yes, I am no longer a slave to my addiction, my feelings, and other people’s thoughts. I am a recovering addict named Jay… thanks to Angels!