The Dunes in patient and out patient facilities are top notch. They give extremely individualized care and provide all the tools a person needs to recover. The staff is caring, and most are in recovery. Unlike other treatment centers I’ve attended I received individual therapy daily and specialized therapy where needed. This was 3 years ago and I would not be alive today had I not attended both the Dunes in patient and out patient programs.
I was at the bottom of the bottom. I had come to the place where all was lost for me. Just then when I thought it was over. I found Bridges. Everyone else had turn there backs on me but they showed me love. Accepted me just as I was. They helped me get my life back. Thank you Bridges
I would like to tell my story in hopes that someone who needs help reads this. I feel it is important to show that sometimes darkness can lead to light. I know every addict has their rock bottom, some make it out and some do not. I work in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA. I am originally from a small town on the east coast. I had dreams my entire life of living the fast life in NYC or LA. I left to move to NY at the age of 22. I am the second child of 4, my mother raised us because my father had been an alcoholic our entire childhood into adulthood. He was very absent in our lives and I watched the stress this put on my mother as she worked so hard to provide for us. I always had dreams of moving to a big city and making it big so I could care for my mother. I started an internship at a radio station that turned into a paid job after 2 years. I was hungry and I was a hustler. With most entertainment industries come drugs. Cocaine and alcohol were very prevailant in that world and I had no problem jumping right into it. Things were fast-paced, most of my job was connecting with people and putting myself into the nightlife to expand my network. People loved me and I loved that life. It was drugs, money, successful people and fame. I balanced that lifestyle most of my 20’s. I managed to get married and have a wonderful daughter. I thought I was invincible. It was the top of my 30’s where things starting going sideways. I was doing exactly what my father did to us, and exactly what I did not want to do for my daughter, but was not willing to give up my other life. I was traveling often, having affairs and snorting cocaine almost every night. This put a ton of stress on my relationship with my wife. Needless to say, after a week away in Vegas, I came home to an empty house. My wife had been going through my phone and was on to my secret lifestyle. She had packed her and my daughter’s belongings and moved in to her parent’s house until “I got help”. My world was shattered but instead of trying to pull it together, I got worse. I was binge drinking and using cocaine and recycling women every night. It was affecting my job and all of my relationships but I was in a cycle that I could not get out of. Things did not get better and 1 year later, my wife left me. By this time, I had started my own company with my best friend. He did not drink or use drugs and as much as he was there for support, it was putting strain on our relationship as well. I was not carrying the weight at the company and he wanted to buy me out If I did not get help. At this point, I had lost my wife and daughter, I was loosing my best friend and I had not a dollar to show for myself. Driving home one night after several drinks at the strip club, I got pulled over and arrested for a DUI and cocaine possession. When I got out of jail, I was met by my x-wife, daughter and co-workers. I knew why they were there, they cared about me and were worried sick. I had been causing so many headaches and heartbreaks. Though I did not want to go to rehab, I obliged, mainly for my daughter. They had found Choices Recovery and the next day, I was out. I don’t really remember my thoughts when I arrived or even days after. It hadn’t really kicked in until I started digging into my past. The staff was so so helpful with all of this. I got into a lot of why I had chosen this path, the unanswered questions with my father and acceptance. I had so many people around me who loved me. As my head cleared, I started a new regiment with the help of the people there and created a new normal. I’d have to say the best part about this program, aside from the staff, was the different methods for recovery. I learned so much about myself. Fast forward to a year and a half later. I am clean and I am working things out with my wife. I have taken a break from the entertainment industry so focus on my family. I still have a lot of questions but I also have answers. I don’t know what the future holds with my career but I know that as long as I have my sobriety and my family, I have everything. Thank you Choices.