Drama In The Dining Room ~Part 2~

Eric’s smile faded as he looked from me to the loud table.  “The noise level coming from their table is totally unacceptable, Eric!”  I answered, for him.  Eric blinked at me and said nothing.  Why did I know what to do and he didn’t?  Maybe he’d never confronted a group of unruly residents before.  MaybeContinue reading “Drama In The Dining Room ~Part 2~”

Drama In The Dining Room

On my third day in treatment I finally made the mistake of deciding I could handle the noise in the dining room. I followed Shelly through the lunch line and tried to lip read her over the noise. It looked like she was explaining where to find things like napkins and condiments as I followedContinue reading “Drama In The Dining Room”

Moving Out And Moving On ~ Chapter 27

The following is an excerpt from my memoir, Saturation. My divorce from Dick finalized on 17 November 2006 and about two weeks later I decided to move out and go back into treatment. This time, going to treatment was my idea. There was nothing ‘Court Appointed’ about it. For toxic reasons unbeknownst to both ofContinue reading “Moving Out And Moving On ~ Chapter 27”

What’s So Bad About Rehab?

That’s right – going to rehab raises a plethora of fears. Like: Breaking old routines. Time away from family. Loss of relationship/s (this could turn out to be a good thing in some cases). Fear of getting to know yourself and what that implies. Rehab isn’t cheap. The food isn’t always spectacular. Unless you’re veryContinue reading “What’s So Bad About Rehab?”

The Perks Of Going To Residential Treatment (AKA Rehab).

You learn things about addiction that you might not otherwise learn. Loads of other addicts become your new friends (AKA people that can relate to you). You can cry in public and folks actually expect this. There’s always plenty of toilet paper. You’ll probably get to do art. You’ll lose weight (whether you intend toContinue reading “The Perks Of Going To Residential Treatment (AKA Rehab).”

It Only Took 23 Years!

It took me 23 years, seven residential treatment centers, numerous outpatient treatment, groups, sponsors, meetings, counselors, therapists, hospitals and jail to finally figure out that if I wanted to get sober and stay sober, I had to continue doing one thing – the same thing – not drinking. That’s it. That one thing. Everything elseContinue reading “It Only Took 23 Years!”

What To Expect In Residential Treatment.

The following is a list of things I either received, experienced or witnessed, in order of frequency, from all seven of my treatment centers combined. Hold on to your hats… Drama – SO much drama Noise (crying, laughing, yelling, music, etc…treatment centers are very loud.) Deceit (folks lying to themselves, to others or to me.)Continue reading “What To Expect In Residential Treatment.”

How To Choose A Treatment Center

Which one is the right one for you or a loved one? There are a lot of facilities to choose from! Unfortunately, the right one may not be the affordable one. And when it comes to this – sometimes you DO get what you pay for. But not always – because – some of the most expensiveContinue reading “How To Choose A Treatment Center”