I will be forever thankful that I found Legacy Freedom.

I had been drinking and using various drugs since I was 16. Since getting married, my drinking had greatly increased. I knew I was unhappy and depressed but I didn’t know what to do about it. I went to multiple therapist and tried anti-depressants but nothing worked…except drinking. Drinking was a way to cope with my unhappiness and the parts of my life that I felt I had no control over.

I knew I had a drinking problem but I didn’t really want to deal with it. My husband wanted me to stop drinking; I wanted him to leave me alone. I tried to stop on my own. And I was successful for a while…but it didn’t last. I drank every night but I hid it from my husband, my friends and family. But every addict knows deep down that you’ll have to pay the piper at some point.

When my secret was revealed, I knew it was time to seek real help. I called Legacy. In just a few days I was sitting at a table with about 4 other people and I was scared to death. Scared to stop drinking, scared to deal with the things in my life that I had been avoiding, scared that I would be judged. But the staff and therapists were so wonderful and patient with me. All the clients were supportive and caring too. Even that first night, I knew I made the right choice for me.

I have become a strong believer in the foundation that Legacy is built upon. 1. Addicts stay addicted due to a chemical imbalance in the brain which is created when we use to excess. 2. You can address your need to use by dealing with past events with your therapists. 3. By identifying and embracing your life’s purpose, you can stay find freedom from the desire to use.

I also love the alternative therapies at the center. They became a critical part of my recovery process. Part of finding our life’s purpose is trying new things. Trying yoga, tai chi, sound therapy and equine therapy was a part of me learning new things about myself. I can’t even begin to explain how proud I felt when I faced my fears and doubts to complete the high ropes course. These therapies are a critical part of recovery at Legacy Freedom.

Recovery wasn’t easy for me. I really had to work on my past experiences and the beliefs I had about myself that led me to drink/use in the first place. I think I cried every day for a month. I remember my therapist telling me that it would get better; it was hard to believe that at the time. But now that I am able to look at that time in the rear view mirror, I have a new outlook on life. I feel strong and hopeful. I don’t run away from my problems – I face them and deal with them. I am able to visualize living a sober life filled with happiness and fulfillment.
My therapist was right – it got better.

Julie, Transformed Addict

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