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Ways to Celebrate Graduating from Women’s Drug Rehab

October 13, 2017

Graduating from a rehabilitation facility is an exciting event and should be celebrated in grand fashion. We make a big deal of every milestone – from receiving our driver’s license, to moving into our first apartment, to our work anniversaries. Recovering from addiction is no exception – and it takes much more hard work than studying for any exam. It is normal to be hesitant about congratulating yourself as a recovering addict. However, celebrating is more important for someone recovering from addiction than anyone else. It is fulfilling to remind yourself of where you were, and how far you have…

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From Broken to Whole Again

April 12, 2017

Written by DH Women's Program, alumni family member, Beth O. March 2017 When I grew up, my mother was our caretaker and did everything for us. She put us through dance and gymnastics classes, voice lessons, drove us to soccer games and saved every last dollar from her two jobs to give us everything we needed and wanted. She was strong, smart and our rock when my father left us during the times we needed him most. I was in middle school and my sister was in elementary school. These were the years we needed our father, but he suffered…

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Nicole’s Sober Story

November 13, 2014

My name is Nicole and I am a proud DH alumni. I arrived at DH February 7, 2014 as a very tired and unhappy person. My addiction is to alcohol. My story is not a sad one in the beginning. I was born into great privilege. I attended private schools and traveled the world. As the baby of a large family, I never heard the word no. I tell you this because addiction is a disease that has no boundaries. Instead of stealing to get my wine I just used my credit card. Addiction does not discriminate it can attack…

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Michelle’s Sober Story

October 30, 2014

Hi, I am an alcoholic and an addict, my name and my problem is Michelle.  I am fifty years old so I have a long story, but I will try and not bore you!  I grew up in a very Italian household, my grandfather had a wine cellar and of course I drank wine at a very young age. (This was my excuse for a long time-I'm Italian, of course I drink!).  The very first time I drank with peers, it was at a slumber party at 9.  All the little girls drank till they were buzzed, I drank till…

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Rebekah’s Sober Story

October 23, 2014

In order to call myself an alumni of Destination Hope, it is clear that my life previous to treatment must have been in shambles. I needed help and I needed it fast. I finally got to a point of desperation in my addiction that I reached out to one of my friends who I grew up with that I knew was clean. She went out of her way to help me, and I am so grateful that she brought me to this amazing facility called Destination Hope. This was my first treatment center, so I had no idea what to…

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Maria’s Family Program Testimonial

September 6, 2014

A mother's perspective on her daughter's treatment I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am that my daughter was in treatment at Destination Hope. The therapists, ESPECIALLY Anne W, were AMAZING!  At the time my daughter Lisa entered Destination Hope, she had been in at least 15 treatment facilities over an 18-month period. The family program led by Amanda and held on Tuesday nights is a wonderful program, not just for the patients and alumni, but also for the family. Family members need to understand that while their loved one has the addiction, it is a family disease.…

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Melissa D’s Sober Story

August 27, 2014

Hi, my name is Melissa D and I am an alcoholic. I am an alumnus of Destination Hope and my sober date is March 17, 2010. I am from New Jersey and I am 32 years old.  I work for the state, and I would not have imagined that my life would be so much better without alcohol; for that I will forever be grateful to Destination Hope. I came to DH so close to losing everything that mattered to me: my job, family, and friends all because I wasn’t able to give up the bottle. I had been drinking…

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Joseph’s Sober Story

July 22, 2014

Hi, my name is Joseph. My journey often times feels like a long one. As I look back at the past few years of my life, it becomes clear to me that I was much harder on myself than I had to be. It is also very clear that the suffering I experienced was a direct result of my dependence upon drugs and alcohol.  Throughout my teen years, drugs and alcohol became a safe haven for me. They brought me to a place of artificial peace, or relief. If drugs and alcohol had not done so much for me, they…

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Pamela’s Sober Story

My name is Pamela. I am a white, educated, 50 year old widow , mother of 4 and also a grandmother. The reason I am telling you all this, is because disease does not care how old you are, what color you are, what gender you are or what age you are.  There is no 'typical' drug addict - it can happen to anyone, so there is no shame in seeking treatment, at any age. I am so glad I have received the gift of sobriety, especially at my age. If I didn’t get help this time I am sure…

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Kathryn’s Sober Story

July 18, 2014

My name is Kathryn. I am 24 years old, and I am a recovering alcoholic.  Today I am recovering, and I am a functioning member of society thanks to Destination Hope. Before I came to DH, I was very lost and felt alone.  I wandered into dangerous situations to capture the instant gratification that I was searching for.  I was an empty shell, putting on a different mask, according to whom I was around.  My therapists and the girls around me helped me discover who I really am, under the mask.  We all came together to support one another, relate to…

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