Alumni Update: Bringing my Struggles to Light

Today I’m returning back to full time work, I have healed much of the damage of my past, I regularly attend and contribute to AA meetings and I am of service to others in the recovery community. Life is good, and more importantly, when it isn’t good I have tools and skills to cope, and that is what is allowing me to stay sober. Alumni Ryan I entered The Cabin in late 2014, seeking a controlled environment from which I could begin to receive the help I so desperately needed. I could not manage my own life and the disease of addiction had brought me to my knees. I certainly made it difficult – I was a real mess when I arrived – but I learned that nobody comes into treatment on a winning streak! At The Cabin I found a group of experienced and compassionate professionals who helped me understand the disease of addiction.  Most importantly I learned that I could recover. I was able to ‘unpack’ years of emotions and feelings that I had been burying, and begin to get in touch with a side of myself that I previously didn’t want anybody to see. The outpatient counseling I received after leaving The Cabin, along with ongoing involvement in a 12-step based recovery program, has allowed me to stay clean and sober for 11 months. Today I’m returning back to full time work, I have healed much of the damage of my past, I regularly attend and contribute to AA meetings and I am of service to others in the recovery community. Life is good, and more importantly, when it isn’t good I have tools and skills to cope, and that is what is allowing me to stay sober. Impersonating counselor Tony Tan in the annual holiday play was one of my highlights, and I developed a mean backhand on the ping pong table.