by Arlis Jones
I had been a hardcore Heroin and Cocaine addict for 7 years before I took control of my life at The Freedom Treatment Center. During my addiction days, it would not be above me to steal, cheat, lie, or hurt people including those that were closest to me. My life was quickly and most inevitably leading to either incarceration or death. I was raised, as a child, to be law abiding and honest but somewhere along the line I fell off drastically and took the dark road destination debauchery. But what got me there? How can I right myself? I am I just a wasted life? Is there redemption? These questions would plague me in my times of periodic and short-lived sobriety.
My life was like a racecar careening toward a cement wall until the day of impact and I tried to overdose with a substantial injection of both Cocaine and Heroin. My parents found a facility that was far from my poisoned environment and which promised something different than the 12 step programs they had looked into. What was it? I could have freedom from drug cravings and the self-control to live a productive life without the label of “addict for life”. So I knew that rehab was the only place I could go and survive. I arrived to the withdraw unit at Freedom Center in the pits of despair and physically sick to my core. The withdraw specialists were very understanding and pulled me out of my toxic haze and into reality. I went through book one and felt more relaxed and comfortable with myself and my environment. Then I went through the sauna portion of the program and I sweat out all of those toxins and drug residues that were crippling my body and by god if I didn’t feel like a teenager again. I could think more clearly and most miraculously I was free of my drug cravings, which up to the sauna program had been haunting me like a poltergeist with abandonment issues.
Everyday I was building confidence and everyday I learned tools that would help me in all areas of my life. I literally came in a shell of a boy and left a complete man with responsibility and self-control. When I returned home my family could hardly recognize the person I had developed into. There relief, happiness, surprise, and pride in there son was worth the world to them and made me incredibly proud in myself and greatfull forever to Freedom Treatment Center and all the life savers that work there. Today I am not only a former client but I am also an employee and proud of it.
Best rehab program I have ever known. I’ve went to 2 different A.A. rehabs before here and they were a total joke and didn’t work. They just re-stimulated me and caused me to glorify moments of drug use in my mind. This left me wanting to get higher than ever before.
The Freedom Treatment program has helped me grow as a person in so many different ways, all for the better. I highly recommend this program to anybody looking for a no-nonsense rehab. The Freedom Center helped me realize that drugs weren’t my problem, they were only a symptom of the problem. Boy I’ll tell you what I had a lot of problems and didn’t think they would be able to help, but they succeeded were Doctors and years of seeing different Psychiatrists failed miserably to no avail.
They taught me how to live and what I need to do to be happy and sober. I believe it will be quite easy to apply the tools I learned here in my day to day life. I no longer have to take psych meds or label myself this or that. I feel truly happy for the first time in such a long time words would never describe how I feel in my heart about this program and the people that gave me my life back. No longer am I a Power-Less drug addict. I’m a new person!!! Clean and Sober!!! Thank-you Freedom Treatment Center you gave me my life back.