Now this is almost the same feeling as when
I graduated college, and I feel like, I don’t know, it’s different but it’s kinda’ the same.
And I learned so many things that I thought I knew that are preparing me to complete my
life. Just, you really should feel blessed to be here because there are a lot of people
out there that are still using, that are, you know, in jail; dead, you know you name
it. And it’s just a matter of time before that happens to us as addicts, so I thank
God for bringing me here. I was at Hazelton, and I was there for ten
days and I got kicked out. By Friday, I saw graduation coming along and I seen the look
in people’s eyes. I seen the confidence, and you didn’t see that at Hazelton. That’s easy.
You just go and sit there for 28 days and show up. This isn’t easy. It’s very frustrating;
it’s hard. You’re going to have ups and downs, and you are going to get mad. You just have
to get over yourself, your pride, and your ego, and step it up because I tell you what,
this thing and this program has saved my life. Please just take this stuff really seriously.
This is what is going to save your life. You never know when you go back out there, you
stick that spike back in your arm, that could be the last time that you live. My (inaudible)
goes to the lady that runs this place. Her name is Amber, just in case you don’t know
who she is. And that lady, if you go to her and you act like a woman or a man, and not
like a little kid, because that’s what we are. We’re grownups. OK, it’s time for us
to grow up. That’s what I learned from this place. She will help you with anything. And
it starts from the top and it trickles down. And you see it in this place. This is my fourth
rehab that I have been to. I have never seen a staff like the one that’s here. These people, all the supervisors, they’re
here to help you. They’re great. It’s like, it’s their job but they love to do what they
do. I want to ah thank Jean first, the nurse,
because without her I wouldn’t have had some lifesaving surgery. Thank you. Appreciate
that, from the bottom of my heart, I do. When you first get here, it’s kind of odd.
You don’t know what you are getting yourself into. A lot of people say it get’s easier.
I don’t think it gets easier necessarily, but it gets easier to do harder things. When I finally get to advanced TR’s, and ah
it finally really comes to me. It clicks why I’m doing all these TR’s, how I can apply
it to my life, and it really hit the goal for me basically. In a real life situation,
you can confront any situation, bad, good, sad, bad, whatever you feel. You can confront
that situation no matter what. You can really use that. And thanks to the students, everyone that
made me feel like this was home because they are great. Thanks. I came in here broken, I came in here hurt.
And I tell you what I’m leaving here happier than ever, and I ain’t lettin’ nothing hold
me down anymore.