To Whom It May Concern:
Upon entering counseling at Hill Country Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, my husband and I were desperate. We had lost our careers, our custom built home, our retirement, and our way of life. We had been hopelessly addicted to crack cocaine for less tan a year. We were ready to make a change in our lives. The information obtained from the classes at HCCADA was and remains useful. We were given "tools" to understand ourselves and our addiction. We were encouraged to share in group our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. In that setting, we felt that we were not alone in our guilt and pain. We learned that addicts want to stop their destructive behavior, but they do not know how. We learned how to recognize our "triggers" and more importantly, what to do when faced with them.
Today, we remain sober. Our lives have changed for the better. We have re-
We are grateful for your program and appreciate the kind and understanding staff as well. Thank you for everything.
D & A
Addictions of every sort are at epidemic proportions today. We see both young and old suffering from dependence on substance and activities that cause danger to society and destructive behavior to the individuals. I never classified myself as an addict. I limited my consumption of alcohol to three times a week, but the amount of use and the dependence on it for comfort and escape from reality increased over time. I found myself needing more and more just to cope with the normal routines of life. I feared that without alcohol I wouldn’t be able to keep going. Actually, the opposite was occurring in my life. Alcohol took charge of my life and replaced good judgement with “stinkin thinkin”. It controlled my financial judgement. It controlled my social contacts. It controlled my spiritual attitudes. Thankfully, as a result of the classes, films, discussions and personal attention I received at the HCCADA, I have the tools to resist the call to drink alcohol. I am healthier tha have been in many years and feel a sense of thrength in my God to sustain a life free of an addiction that ruled over me like a tyrnat. Also, I know that if the time comes that I need more encouragement to maintain this better life style -
I am truly thankful for the personnel and administration of this life changing institution. Mr. T
To Pauline Poff!!! Thanks for playing a big part of this and helping me realize that my life sober was the best way to go: Happy 5 years to me!!!!!!!!!! Life had been golden for me.....I had my own little loving family, great education, a great job, a personality and talents that took me to the top of everywhere I went!!!! Maybe it was that mistaken sense of being golden that led me to believe that recreational drug use would work for me. For many years, using and drinking was just an occasional retreat from the monotony of the day....more of a social butterfly thing!!!!! But that all changed rather quickly....I became less effective in every aspect of my existence......no one around me (besides those using with me) would have guessed that my meth use was getting out of control. As is true for so many of us, when I could stop using......I didn't want to....when I wanted to stop using.....I couldn't. I had surrendered myself to my drug of choice.....disconnected from anything that meant anything-
Through the intervention of the criminal justice system, I found myself embraced by others whose stories reflected my own....I came to understand my addiction and to recognize that there was a solution. If so many other hopeless addicts could find hope......maybe there was hope for me!!!! The days I spent pursuing that solution set me off on a journey that has brought about a transformation in my life....back to reality!!! Back to the me that I’m supposed to be and way better than I was...I have limitations I set for myself, a much better respect for myself as well as others, and a relief that I have evolved!!!! Not having to use is only a small part of recovery....I have become an effective human being.....some one you might want to know.....rather than someone you would pity!!! Someone who has great will power, strength, courage, hope, willingness and a faith so strong its unbelievable!! I will be forever grateful that the people that came into my life and put a stop to my wrecklessness no matter how hard I bucked the system but I think it was more of a God thing so I could show others how great you can actually be without all the haziness, stuffy headed, clouded mind crap and to reach out and help those who actually want the help!!!! Happy 5 year sobriety to me!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanking God today for the most precious and most valuable lesson in my life but most importantly for the strength, the courage and the will power when the statistics and odds where so highly stacked against me!!!!!!!! "I’m so proud of you Tiff!!!! You are absolutely amazing!" [patting myself on the back] It has been a long, hard road and a tough one at that but I am still a survivor from the most evil of all evils-
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