Local Girl Wins Her Personal War on Drugs. What Was the Key?
Today I read a drug rehab success story about a girl who’s been through more twists and turns than a busy summer for about 20 roller-coasters. It took years of work and defeat, but when she finally reached the end the ride and stepped off onto the platform to create her new life, she’d done an incredible job. Here’s a little of her history.
Her name is Brittany. She’s from Michigan, currently living in Zeeland.
- Her problems started at 16 when, in a Christian high school, Brittany became pregnant. She had her baby when she was 17.
- She also had ‘self-esteem issues’ and ‘lack of respect’ for herself. As she said “I just kind of gave up caring about myself.”
- After high school, she went into nursing school where she started “hanging out with the wrong crowds.” She started drinking heavy and eventually tried heroin. She loved it. It made her able to bury all her problems. She was using as often as she could. She wasn’t taking responsibility for her daughter and increased her heroin use to bury her guilt. Eventually, as it does with every heroin addict, heroin consumed her and not even her daughter mattered to her more than the drugs.
- At that point, she lived on the streets and in a ‘drug house’. You’ve seen them on TV, if not the real thing. She was basically homeless, with nothing to eat unless she begged for it. But, she still had a car. She sold the car for $5,000 but, she said, it was gone, spent on drugs, in two days.
- She then turned to prostitution, while still living in the drug house.
- One night she overdosed. The other people in the house managed to get her to a hospital and dump her outside of the ER, where she was found unconscious and barely breathing. They managed to save her life. But when she came too she ripped all the life-sustaining support gear out of her arms, and ran out of the hospital straight to her drug house where she continued shooting up.
- Shortly thereafter, her arms were covered with infected boils. Even her heroin dealer knew it was time to stop. She went to her uncle for help. He took her to the hospital where they felt they were going to have to amputate both arms. Fortunately, the doctors managed to cut them open and drain them instead.
- Her family was just now finding out her true condition. At their request, she went to a drug rehab center and stayed there for six weeks. She then immediately went back to her heroin addiction, in full swing.
- This time, she financed her habit by becoming a courier for a drug syndicate. She got paid in heroin.
- During that time she also married a guy she’d met at the drug rehab center. He was still using, but with lighter drugs, nothing like heroin. After being married to Brittany for three months, he decided to give heroin a try. Hi first time, he overdosed and died. She had passed out so had no idea what had happened until she woke up in the morning to a very cold, dead, body.
- Two weeks later, she found out her grandfather was dying of cancer. On his deathbed he begged her to get off the streets and go to a particular rehab in Argentina.
- She’d felt she’s finally reached rock bottom. But, instead of going to that rehab center, or any rehab center, she took a huge amount of heroin and combined it with her now-dead grandfather’s morphine in a suicide attempt. She not only didn’t die, she didn’t even get a reaction.
- When she figured out she couldn’t even kill herself, she went to the treatment center recommended by her grandfather.
- The program was three years long. “I did hours, I mean hours of work on myself,” Brittany said. “They never judged me there, and for the first time in a very long time, I felt like I could breathe. “Their philosophical approach managed to get the answers out of me as to why I had become so self-destructive and chose the path of addiction.” Brittany says she spent three years at CMI Abasto, often times working more than 80 hours a week on fixing herself. Her first year was all in-patient treatment then her second full year was out-patient treatment, where she was able to get an apartment, experience freedoms and independent decision-making and put her new and rebuilt life to the test.
- “After my three years at CMI, I can’t really say that I have returned to the person I was before I began my life of addiction,” said Brittany. “To be honest, I’m 100 percent better than I was, even before I started doing drugs. “I’m more of a human being now than I ever was before. “To become an independent woman felt extremely overpowering. I had made myself feel so guilty and so unwanted for so many years; I was taught at CMI how to really work on my emotions, which helped me uncover what I really looked like as a person. It was always easier for me to be the girl who was high all the time, than to be the girl who always felt like she was never good enough,” said Brittany.
- “I no longer think about drugs, and even on my crappiest days, I never think to myself that I want to escape and get high. “CMI has given me so many tools to use, I know I will never venture down that path again. “Don’t get me wrong, I still have stressful days, and I think that life sucks and I want to give up, but now I believe that everybody has those days, and I don’t think I’m wrong for feeling that. “Honestly, what CMI Abastodoes is a miracle.” Brittany became the first American woman to complete the 3-year treatment at the Argentina facility.
- More than a year has passed since her return, and Brittany says she and her daughter now have the relationship they should have had, but heroin addiction prevented.
- On July 8, 2015, Brittany re-married. The couple is expecting their first child in September of this year. “I’m doing great,” Brittany said, with a huge smile on her face. “I’m married to a great man, and truly couldn’t ask for more from this life. “One of my goals now is to help people; there’s more to fixing one’s self than people think.”
And that is the key:
“There’s more to fixing one’s self than people think.”
“Their philosophical approach managed to get the answers out of me as to why I had become so self-destructive and chose the path of addiction.”
That’s why long-term residential drug rehab is the only way to go. It’s really the only way you can change your life.
A good drug rehab program insists on it. And has the tools and staff to pull it off.
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