Dear Sweet Kimberly,
Dear Tana and James,
Thank you so much for all your help! I can honestly say I couldn’t have gotten this far without you and your guidance. You are such a blessing to me and you will forever be a special woman in my life. Thank you for helping me find myself, happiness, and peace! I truly do appreciate you! You are such a beautiful and wonderful blessing to me! I pray to keep in touch with you!
Dear Pacific Hills staff,
Charleen & Gary
At age nineteen I found myself in an unbreakable cycle of addiction to meth. After being hospitalized to many times for malnourishment, watching them draw black blood out of my body, I knew I either had to find help quickly or die. I crawled into my father’s office and told him I was an addict and he immediately contacted Pacific Hills and took me there within a matter of a few days. At first I rejected their program and let my withdrawals get the best of me, not paying much attention to what the counselors had to say. I tried to justify that meth addiction and alcoholism were not the same. I tried to read books during meetings, or draw. Eventually I gave in. I soon realized that addiction is addiction and I didn’t expect myself to drink like a normal person ever since I left from there. I met a lot of wonderful people and attended many inspiring meetings. The church that we attended, during my time there became my church even after I finished with the program.
All my life I have carried deep feelings of betrayal and shame as a result of abuse in my family. I turned to drugs and alcohol – anything to numb the pain. Later, my addiction took me to places I never wish to see again. I ended up drinking up to a half gallon of vodka a day along with 90 mg of Valium, 4 mg of Kolonopin and several other prescription medicines. After my fourth suicide attempt my friends left me—giving up on me for the final time. I was left alone never bathing, never eating, never sleeping. I dropped out of college never expecting to live to my 21st birthday….
Jen, a client
The time, effort and love that you have extended to Russell and our entire family will never be forgotten…. I thank God for the knowledge, depth of insight and compassion you have for the hurting…. You have all played an important role in Russell’s life and ours as a family…. I sincerely believe that Russell’s life is changed and that he desires to live a clean and sober life.
Sherry, a mother
Thank you…. I believe your willingness to help has saved our family…. Thank you for your vision of recovery for many, that has ultimately included our family.
Dean, a husband
Through all of your efforts, love and care, I have been able to take another try at life…. I believe what makes Pacific Hills successful is that, I believe, you all truly care about me.
Nicole, clean and sober
We just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with Pacific Hills…. You were a God send…. Your staff did a marvelous job with our daughter…. It’s so good to see her looking and feeling wonderful.
Liz and Vinny, parents
Our son, feeling suicidal, checked himself into Pacific Hills Treatment Centers….My husband and I arranged this through our minister….His change was dramatic in a short time, he found God and turned his life around….He is now back with his family and in school full-time….I can’t express my gratitude enough to the staff of Pacific Hills for the help that they gave my husband, my sons and me….Without the program and God, I feel that we could have never reconciled and have the relationship that we do now.
Pam, a mother
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. The second step of Alcoholics Anonymous is often the key to many people’s recovery, to many seen as the most important of the steps.
To me walking through the doors of Pacific Hills Treatment Center was already a battle in itself. But being asked to accept God into my life for the sake of recovery was blasphemy. God never really played a crucial role in my life, actually I tried to shun even the thought of a higher power. Believing I was too good or too smart to waste my time with such nonsense as religion or faith. Very close-minded to any possibility that it would work for me.
After weeks of attending groups and meetings with this attitude, I soon found out I was hitting a wall as far as my recovery went. After talking to therapists and people with experience, in sobriety and the program, I soon found out that I would need to change my closed minded way of thinking because obviously my thought process and general way of living wasn’t working and was the reason I was where I am.
So I decided to give this whole God thing a try. To be honest I had no idea where to start. It was suggested to me that I start with a prayer, something I hadn’t done in a very long time. I was also told there was no wrong way to do it, so I thought I might as well give it a shot. So I got on my knees and continued for a couple days, just pouring out my heart asking for guidance, hoping someone was listening.
To my amazement, something in me the following weeks drastically changed. I just really had a better attitude towards recovery, my addiction, and the everyday life in treatment. Accepting that if I didn’t start to open my mind to new ways of thinking and take an invested interest methods that work, I would never really make a progress in getting where I wanted to be. To be honest I don’t know why things were happening the way they did and were working, but I wasn’t complaining.
So I feel that, why try to fix something that isn’t broken. I’m going to stick with what’s working for me even if I don’t completely understand it. And just trust that if GOD can make this much of a difference in my troubled life in short weeks what would a lifetime walk with God lead me to.
My name is David and I would like to take a moment to tell you about my experience at Pacific Hills Treatment Center in San Clemente, California. First allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, my mom raised five kids by herself. We were brought up in the church and by age 13 I wanted to go to Bible College and be a preacher. Events in and out of the church carved out a much different path for me and by 16 I was headed down a self-destructive path that would take me another twenty years to acknowledge. I finally hit a bottom in 1996 and reached out for help, it would be a long journey of long-term sobriety and relapse.
Intense one-on-one and group counseling allowed me to address issues left untreated all my life. The atmosphere of family and camaraderie encouraged by the staff among the clients made it easy to connect and form bonds with others. Not neglecting the physical aspects of recovery I have found memories of volleyball games at the beach where we were able to blow off a little steam and have some fun.
I would like to tell you that I was able to maintain sobriety ever since walking out of Pacific Hills. However, that’s not the case. I still had to struggle with my relationship with God for a time and put into practice what I learned at Pacific Hills. After a few short missteps I was finally able to process what I was missing. I had tried the twelve-step program without God and then God without the twelve-step program. Pacific Hills taught me I needed both and how to practically apply these principals in my life. Today I have a life better than my wildest expectations and a relationship with God that absolutely rocks! I thank you Pacific Hills for your love and patience but most of all for my permanent recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.
When I was young, I never really understood church religion or God but I went along with it. When I was 10, I moved in with my mom who was not religious at all. I didn’t continue my Christianity. My life started to slowly unravel. At that point I started drinking and smoking weed when I was 13 that eventually led to me not caring about anything besides partying and ultimately led me to drugs.
I have seen a tremendous change in myself in the aspects of willingness and determination. I am tired of failing in keeping my sobriety. I am tired of having to go through treatment. But most of all I am tired of having to restart my recovery and losing everything that I’ve gained. I’ve realized that I cannot do this on my own and who better to guide me than our Lord and Savior. I am finally ready and willing to let Him help me.