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Chris's Testimonial on La Via Behavioral Health

April 2015

I am writing to show my gratitude to each and every one of you for the help you have given me over the last nine weeks. I will never forget this experience. Each of you in a different way has made an impact on my recovery and your efforts will be etched upon my mind for eternity.

My addiction has affected myself and my family on multiple levels; one of the most obviously devastating effects has been the toll on our finances.There were many occasions when I could have turned my back on the program, rolling the dice on my sobriety. Maybe I would have stayed clean, maybe I wouldn’t. Conversely, Sarah could have turned her back on me and simply have written me off as another statistic, or an unwilling client. But for whatever reason, I stuck with the program, and she stuck with me. I wanted to be here. I wanted “the gift” that the program offered me.

I believe that “gift” has been granted tenfold. I don’t know if it was the universe, God, or having someone who cares about me and understands exactly what I’m going through at this time in my life. Again, it doesn’t matter to me. The truth be told, this was the opportunity not of a lifetime, but of life.

I am eternally indebted to this program – not necessarily on a financial basis, but a spiritual one. A foundation for my sobriety and a new way of life has been laid out for me and now it’s my responsibility to maintain it. During my time at this facility, I have also witnessed Sarah guide and assist other men and women through this process. Sometimes it was with tough love or a firm hand, but it was always from her heart.

This has been a tough and beautiful process and has made a deep impact on my life. I encourage anyone who was at the point in life that I was in nine weeks ago to make the leap. Give up, surrender to the process, and you too can be free from the hell that we know as addiction. As coach Steve puts it, “This is a hero’s journey”. It is mine to unfold as I see fit. Though the Journey starts with loss, pain, and anguish,I now have the power and strength to continue the journey with faith, redemption, and victory.