New Year’s Resolution: 5 Reasons to Get Clean

It's that time of year when many people are making vows to lose weight, to stop spending so much money, to work on old projects that haven't been finished and to treat those that they love a bit better. Phone calls to Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are ringing off the hook and bellies are still full with Christmas cookies, but for the addict- this picture isn't quite the same. I spent my Christmases avoiding any food given to me, because if I ate, I couldn't get as high. On Christmas mornings while my son would open his presents, I [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|

A Junkie’s Christmas

It's sometime in November of 2014. My memory fails me often, because of the haze I was in. Snow draped over the treetops and there was beauty to be found in this cold and white place- but I couldn't see it. A week before I tried falling as hard as I could on the ice to convince my grandmother that I had really gotten hurt- and needed someone to give me Percocet for the pain. I did what I could to maintain, but she didn't see the fall, so I tried again. She still didn't look out the window. Why [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|

Addiction’s Emotional Arsenal: How My Son Used Our Love Against Us

By: Susan Collins, mother of Transformations alumnus My son was born on March 31, 1988. He was a beautiful baby boy, peaches and cream with reddish blond hair. For the first year of his life he was all sunshine.  When you would go to get him in the morning, he would be smiling.  He didn’t scream or cry, that I remember. I’m sure he did a bit, but he was a very easy going baby.  When he turned a year old, he found his voice and from that moment on, my son was a force to be reckoned with…and then some. [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|

A Mother’s Story: Getting My Son into Treatment

On October 31st, my son celebrated one year of sobriety! What better way to put it? It’s a celebration, one of which I prayed many nights to happen. Through the much needed support, guidance and trust of Josh Gamaitoni (former Client Services Rep), Kevin Craner (Manager of Family Integrated Services), and Zach Craighton (Admissions Coordinator), we believe in Transformations. We believe they helped us get our son back – total strangers who have become family – without judgement, just empathy, advice, and guidance. It’s difficult to define my son’s story. Just three months after turning 18 years old, his father [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|

The Opioid Crisis: Just a Public Health Emergency?

If President Donald Trump were a recovering addict- he might approach the addiction epidemic in this country a bit differently. First, he’d probably declare the addiction epidemic a national emergency instead of a public health crisis. If he would have declared it a national emergency, funds would have been secured through the Stafford Act, opening the doors to a much wider branch of action and money- through FEMA. Declaring it a national public health emergency means that funding will be obtained through the Health and Human Services department- which is nearly empty. There are many other things that need to [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|

What Does Self-Worth Mean to You?

To: Tamara Evans  From: Self-worth Cc: Love, relationships, God Subject: Where you been Tam-Tam, Hey again, it’s your old, old friend self-worth. I know we’re not very familiar with one another because it’s been a long time since we’ve been acquainted. It’s almost like we’ve just met, that’s how long it’s been. Somewhere around high school we started losing touch, and while you were in college I seemed to lose you completely. We haven’t had much contact since. I’m really glad to find that I’m seeing you more and more lately. I know it’s a struggle to hang on to [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|

When Trauma Returns with a War Veteran: PTSD, Substance Abuse, and Family

As the wife of an Army Ranger and First Gulf War Veteran, I've always been proud of my husband and the sacrifices he has made for our country, but I never really understood the toll it would have on him. When we got married, I knew he had nightmares and other symptoms related to his military experiences, but it wasn't until later that I realized he had what is known as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. When his anxiety grew to be uncontrollable and it was affecting our family, I insisted he get help. He turned to the VA, who provided [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|

How to Talk to an Addict

Sometimes the hardest thing a person will ever experience in their life is trying to gain their composure and lead a conversation with an addict they love- when inside they are falling apart, the back of their throat is burning with a desperate anger and their stomach is tied in knots from the constant waves of anxiety that bombard their peace. How do you talk to an addict? The most important and very first thing you should do is make sure you have a somewhat comprehensive understanding of addiction. You wouldn't walk into a boxing match hoping to win against [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|

Repeat Offender

Repeat Offender: Navigating My Way through Multiple Treatments Centers By: Chris Collins, Transformations alumnus and Alumni Coordinator I was fourteen years old when I landed in my first treatment center. The line between recreational and habitual drug use was crossed very early in my story. I remember my mom telling me about her experience at the center’s first family weekend. She told me they had all the parents in one room and they said “since you’re sitting here today, your child has four options. They will either end up in jail, become institutionalized, die, or recover.” This prognosis was lost on [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|

Now What? Life After Treatment

By Natasha Lisbey, Transformations alumna and Supervisor of Alumni Services I was blessed with an opportunity to remove myself from the toxic chaos I had cultivated in my active addiction, a few weeks where I was sequestered in a bubble of recovery and therapy and newfound hope...a.k.a. treatment. There, I was surrounded by others who knew first-hand my struggles with addiction, and who shared my dreams for something so much more. I was given around-the-clock support and encouragement from a staff whose sole focus was to help clientele lay down a foundation upon which to build our futures; adding an [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|
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