Zach Lindwall – Client
“When I first arrived at Destination Hope I had never really heard anything about the program yet and figured I’d give it a try, I didn’t think any program could have done any better for me than the previous one I was in, but this time I was completely open to take suggestions and do what they might say I needed to do. Being in this mindset combined with the great people I met and the accommodating staff I was able to begin recovering again after 4 attempts, Destination Hope has helped me tremendously throughout this process, of course when I arrived I was rough around the edges but the BHT staff and my therapist were patient with me and understanding and helped cultivate my thoughts and positivity into a new person who thinks a lot more clearly and I am thankful to no end for that. All together I can say anyone with the willingness and knowledge of why they are really here can honestly recover in this program, and Destination Hope has done wonders for me.”
Lissette Young – Client
On January 11th 2022, I arrived at Destination Hope broken, sad, spiritually and emotionally bankrupt, ready and more than willing to die. I had no friends. My family wanted nothing to do with me. I could see no light at the end of the tunnel. And the only hope that I had in my heart was that I could possibly wake up one morning not feeling dope sick anymore. A week’s detox – that’s all I had committed to, no more , no less.
Upon my arrival, I was asked by the kind man who did my intake to keep an open mind to the process, something which at first I was unwilling to do. My one week detox turned into a 4-month stay, of which I tried to leave against medical advice every single day for the first three weeks. During that time, I cried, I yelled, I threw things, I pushed boundaries, and the staff at Destination Hope merely met me where I was at. They loved me when I couldn’t love myself. It was through the love and care of not just the therapists and bhts, but the nursing staff, the administration, support staff, down to the cleaning crew that I emerged from this experience a completely different whole and complete human being.
I have been sober since leaving the program. I have a sponsor, a home group, a service commitment, and a large sober support network of people who love me. Today I have friends I can call when I am struggling. I acquired a job that I love. I can look at myself in the mirror now without cringing and at the end of the day I go to bed feeling fulfilled that I contributed something positive into the world that day. Through the family therapy at Destination Hope, I have started to have a meaningful relationship with my family again. In just a few short months, I am truly beginning to live a life beyond my wildest dreams. And to think all I hoped for was to not wake up dope sick anymore. I will be forever grateful to Destination Hope for not allowing me to sell myself short.