Our son is enjoying his new life in recovery. He has truly turned a new page in his life.
He works all day and spends his nights and weekends at home with family.
He buys all of his necessities and loves that he can do that now.
He pays room and board and, much to our surprise, even gives extra because he can and he wants to.
He treats his family to dinner almost every payday because it makes him feel good.
He tends to things around the house because he likes to help out.
He manages his cravings by doing something to take his mind off of them.
He does not want to go back to the life of hell.
Yes, our son is enjoying all that life has to offer.
He is constantly expressing his gratitude and how good it feels to be clean.
Life is good!
By getting the treatment he needed, he was given a new lease on life.
Every person should have this opportunity to get well. Every. Single. Person.
Our son is in this wonderful place because he finally got the treatment that he needed and has been asking for. He was on the waiting list for two years. That was a very long two years for him and us.
There were no gaps between his detox and his treatment this time. It was seamless.
To improve his odds of a successful recovery even more, my son also got into an aftercare program at The Reach Foundation shortly after treatment. He was so lucky to get into their first group. It is an amazing place with amazing people. Through the Foundation, he is gainfully employed and learning new work and life skills. His recovery is the priority and he is fully supported in attending appointments and meetings. He is also surrounded by positive adult role models as well as peers who are also in recovery.
We are truly fortunate to have an aftercare program like The Reach Foundation in Stratford. It is new and I have no doubt that it will grow across the Island with the proper investment from government, the business community, and Islanders.
I thank God each and every day for my son’s recovery. I also thank the folks at Mt. Herbert (Dr. Ling, in particular), the good people who started The Reach Foundation (Janice Coady, Cheryl Roche, and Verna Ryan), government for investing in addiction treatment last fall (much more needs to be done please), and everyone else who had a role to play in my son’s recovery!
Most of all, I would like to thank my son for his courage in this fight with addiction and for his love, kindness and beautiful smile that make the years of hell fade away from memory.
I want this for every family. We have to do more. It is up to our government to invest our money into addiction treatment and aftercare programs so that people have a chance to get well. This is a healthcare issue that has a tremendous impact on society if not addressed. For every $1 spent on addiction treatment, $12 is saved in other areas including healthcare and justice. This is a good, sound investment that needs to be made immediately. Lives depend on it.
PS: Anyone wanting more information on The Reach Foundation can contact Janice at 620-0000 or email@example.com.