Promises Rehab Centers Reviews and Testimonials

We strive to be among the best executive drug rehab centers by providing world-class treatment programs to our clients. Nothing makes us happier than when clients tell us about the positive changes that have happened in their lives as a result of their treatment at Promises. We hope these reviews and letters can serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to others needing relief from drug addiction, alcohol abuse and mental health disorders. Promises truly is a place where hope and healing begins.

“Kevin the chef is AMAZING – his passion for food and friendliness are always a welcome respite to our day.” – Promises Alumni

“The therapists were above and beyond my expectations. I am very appreciative. I will walk out of here with a much better understanding of myself and tools to use in the future to prevent relapsing.” – Promises Alumni

“My primary counselor (Cherry) and secondary (Cecilia) are extraordinary, both professionally and personally. They did a terrific job at probing the underlying issues, skills to address my particular challenges, etc. These are all terrific and very caring folks.” – Promises Alumni

“I came away with a life-changing experience. The counselors were amazing and went above and beyond for me and my family.” – Promises Alumni

“I am feeling like myself again. Because the staff was kind and supportive, The Therapists were direct and help me dig deep into my issues and addiction. The food was spa quality and the range of programing was great. I love the use of Equine therapy”. – Promises Alumni

“I found the whole experience amazing. I was extremely impressed with the counselors. Every group therapy counselor and private counselor was extremely caring and helped me throughout my treatment. I have been to other iop programs and I found them to not even compare. athough they follow the same principles, they were more or less going through the motions. The counselors here are insightful and patient. I cna tellthey worked as a team to bring to the table individual needs as well as needs of the group.” – Promises Alumni

“The best part of my experience here was that I felt respected and heard here. I received the healing I needed to go on with my life. I am completely satisfied.” – Promises Alumni

“This may be a serious program with a lot of serious stuff we are learning but sobriety is also about having fun clean and i feel we do that here alot too.” – Promises Alumni

“Excellent Promises has been a blessing. 33 days Sober and never had a thought of leaving early.” – Promises Alumni

“I had a very positive experience here at Promises and a lot of guidance with big doses of reality. The AA and NA meetings in and out of the house were very well run and the staff (CR’s) did a wonderful job. The food choices were very nice too. I have a positive outlook for the future and have plans to join the human race with a caring and empathetic heart.

I am leaving with many tools and a grateful attitude.” – Promises Alumni

“The counselors are very personable and caring, including the medical staff and the meals are very nutricious…also love the warm sunshine of the desert, very healing.” – Promises Alumni

“My whole experience was great. The atmosphere was great and it helped me focus on assignments that were given. The staff was courteous. The Therapists (Sherry, Dee and Mike) were all great and the CR’s made me feel wanted. Not another number. Dr. Ravi was awesome.” – Promises Alumni

“I feel like had wonderful experience and finally feel like have tools to live a sober life!!! This place is Wonderful!!” – Promises Alumni

“The therapy I received from Dr. Olga and all of the therapists was wonderful. The friends I made and the unique bonds created between us due to our very similar situations made me feel that I was not alone in my pain. I am leaving here standing strong like the oak trees surrounding the properties. Even when the wind is blowing ferociously the oak trees never falter.” – Promises Alumni

“By far, the best part of treatment is the psychiatric care. The therapist and doctors are world class. I feel very confident about going back to my life and being able to implement changes.” – Promises Alumni

“The staff was spectacular. I’m going home with tools and knowledge that I can pass on to my children. I feel protected, secure, and confident. I’m excited about my future and I don’t feel lonely or alone because I like being with myself. I am returning to my life as a completely changed woman and basically, this has saved my life.” – Promises Alumni

“The best part of my experience here is the encouragement for self-love by the wonderful staff here at Malibu Vista. I have learned so much about myself and tools to address the issues/behaviors I struggle with. The nutritionists and chefs have provided beyond excellent meals that they are willing to teach us about. Every meal has been absolutely delicious. The techs are always willing to listen to me and checking in all the time. The therapists are really in tune to what I have been going through and remember details from prior discussions that make me feel like my issues are being taken cared of seriously with care. The community here has a wide range of personalities that I have learned something from each person here. This is the first time in my life where I felt completely cared for and understood in a safe environment. I can truly see that people really care about one another and the team work here is amazing. I will cherish the memories gained during my time here and plan to incorporate what I learned into my life once I leave. Thank you.” – Promises Alumni

“My treatment was trans-formative. I am confident I am returning home with abundant changes already made and tools to handle my life outside of here.” – Promises Alumni

“It was unique and different from other treatment programs. There was a variety of different techniques used whether it be a healthy diet, yoga, acupuncture or just regular therapy. If one thing didn’t work out there was plenty of choices.” – Promises Alumni

“I truly feel that attending Malibu Vista saved my life. I was so entrenched in my depression before coming here that I had wholly lost myself. I was unsure of who I was or what I had to offer the world before coming here, and I feel like I’ve gained a sense of self that I had lost a long time before coming here. I feel like I regained my will to live. That I have a new energy for life and that I am starting a lifelong journey of healing. I feel like I have done something so positive and so responsible for my future and in doing so I feel like I have truly proven to myself that I love myself. Perhaps my favorite thing about myself right now is that I sought treatment. I have so much to thank Malibu Vista for. Eternal gratitude, and no words seem to do it justice at all.” – Promises Alumni

“As a 44-year old ego-maniac with an inferiority complex, I have through the unconditional love and professional guidance at MV, made significant steps toward healing. I no longer have to accept that my life’s story ends with death by a thousand paper-cuts; fueled by alcoholism.

I hold my sobriety date of November 4 sacred and non-negotiable under any circumstances. At MV I have been given a robust tool-kit that will enable me to continue my vital self-exploration at The Ranch. I am no longer concerned with the duration of time this treatment will take; rather I have surrendered to the process. I now feel that I am worth all of the time, energy, and cost associated with my healing. I long to live the next half of my life with self-compassion and freedom from the fictitious story I believed about myself.” – Promises Alumni

“The best part of my experience was the small community feel which leads to more of a hands on approach with our counselors. I like that everyone knew each other by name and really made an effort to look out for each other. The exercise programs were a great perk and the salon/massage options were terrific. Overall, it was a very thorough approach in tackling my addiction using a variety of techniques.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“The best part was definitely the therapists and nurses – truly amazing and above and beyond for the most part. The group of clients was very special – a wonderful bond overall at a much needed time in our lives.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“It was such a wonderful experience. Everything from my counselor who was truly amazing (Megan) to the community here to the group sessions and even fitness focus. Such a great comprehensive treatment. I’m physically more healthy, mentally more healthy, emotionally more healthy, and spiritually more healthy. I can’t say enough about how life changing this experience has been.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“I am sober & feel great & ready for the next chapter in my life. I have met some great people here that I plan to stay in touch with once I leave. I also really loved the exercise. It was a big part of my life before I started drinking & have exercised every day since I was released from detox. Great for mental & physical health. This has been a big part of my recovery. I feel fantastic & this was very good for me. I am at peace with my life, feel great physically & have learned the skills to continue down this path.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“The individual therapy sessions, spirituality/ meditation class, delicious food, and quality time with other clients proved to be the most joyful and beneficial aspects of my treatment here at Promises.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“The clients all seemed like they wanted to be here, and the community as a whole was supportive. the clinical staff was respective, and the progress I made can be attributed to both the community and the treatment team. Also – Carlos, Ernesto and Mike were fantastic chefs. Steve and Scott are really compassionate RA’s who made the days fund and enjoyable as well. Jodi was a fantastic counselor and I am lucky to have been able to work with her.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“Thank you to the entire staff, this was the most important step I have taken in my life to make it better, I am leaving happy, sober and looking forward to the next part to my life story.”– Promises Austin Alumni

“The best part of my experience is that this gave me HOPE. The education I got about the disease of alcoholism was really enlightening and helpful. I feel like coming out of here, I’m in pretty good shape to know what I need to do- I got a lot of tools here. I feel confident.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“I feel that my treatment goals were meet 100%. Debbie was an amazing therapist and the rest of the rest of the staff also went above and beyond to meet my needs.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“On a scale of 1-10 a 9.5! I got exactly what I needed.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“Many of the staff members here at Promises are amazing, wise people that truly care, and they made this experience transformative for me.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“I really enjoyed how great the staff were. My counselor was truly amazing I’ve learned so much. I have developed so many new great relationships while being here. It has been one of the best experiences of my life.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“I talked to an intake counselor who recommended Promises, citing that this treatment center could better meet my needs. I passed it up the first time I saw the website, because the marketing seemed to target clients who would require/expect a luxurious experience. I didn’t think I could afford it, but the Admissions Director was able to find a way for me to come. I am so grateful for this gift from the people who made it affordable.” – Promises Austin Alumni

“Promises unique approach to recovery turned the broken young man who arrived into a upstanding member of my community. My relationship with my family was restored. I have a great job, a place to live, but above all I’ve been freed from the bondage that is alcoholism and drug addiction. I no longer look in the mirror and shutter at the site of myself. I walk with my head held high and with confidence, things that I never thought were possible. These miracles are fully due to the excellent staff and program that Promises provided me with. I’ve said it before and I will say it again Promises saved my life.”

“When I arrived here at Promises I was hopeless and helpless. I can’t believe I’m walking out a new woman. Full of life and hope that my future is a bright one. Thank you Promises-Ya saved my life!”

“The entire program was more than I expected. This was the best decision I have made and I wouldn’t change a thing. The food was wonderful. The staff and the techs have been so supportive and helpful. The sessions, both group and individual, we extremely well done and very enlightening. Who knew that rehab could be fun and enjoyable! I’m so glad that I came to Promises.”

“Due to my age and economic situation. I was looking to be in treatment with people i could relate to. My primary therapist was awesome. The techs are great. The food is awesome. The cleaning and cooking staff are wonderful. I love Margot the acupuncture/nutritionist she has helped me immensely. Also the emphasis on health, physical fitness and great food. The availability of massage, meditation and acupuncture is awesome.”

“When I got to promises I was broken but the staff pushed me to stay and continue working on my recovery. It has been the best decision I ever made in my life. I’ve gained so much here mentally, physically and spiritually. Not only am I sober but I have a strong group of friends and a strong community through the alumni program. I was also shown that you could recover through a 12 step program which has given me so much spiritually. I have regained my confidence, my energy and given a new outlook on life. The groups and therapy always got to the core of my issues and the community is so strong that talking to your fellows is easy and actually encouraged. I have been shown so much love here and I am eternally grateful for Promises.”

“I enjoyed the whole experience. I am really grateful and feel extremely lucky and fortunate that I was able to complete the program.”

“I think the therapists here and the clinicians are absolutely amazing; they really worked with me and supported me through the entire process.”

“My needs were definitely met during my time here. The intimate atmosphere and the amount of time spent with individual therapist greatly helped during my stay. Jana could not have been a better fit for me and helped me to realize realistic goals for myself.”

“It was a very wonderful, comfortable and luxurious treatment center. The food and grounds are beautiful. I loved my groups and the AA meetings and the freedom we also got. I was blown away by my experience. Thank You PROMISES!!!!!!”

“I am not leaving the same person when I got here. My crash and burn before I got here was years in the making. But in only 5 short weeks, I have been given the tools to grow stronger, improve my quality of life and find joy… something ii always assumed was unattainable.”

“The clinical staff is amazing, the alumni coordinator is outstanding and makes me feel as if I will be able to stay in touch with the amazing community I have built here. In that vein, the sense of community here is outstanding and truly has been the best part of my experience here. I feel like the clinical team has given me the tools to be successful in my life and my sobriety and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

“I really felt comfortable and at home with the staff here. Everyone is very professional and loving.”

How Promises Austin Changed the Way I Make Choices

Suzanne started using substances at the age of 12. That’s not the saddest chapter of her story.

By the time she had reached her 20’s, she was drinking alcohol and abusing cocaine and had been in and out of several drug treatment facilities. Again, it gets worse.

When Suzanne (an alias) left the first facility, she had a husband. A year later she also had a son. Of course, she also had a drug problem, and two years after the birth of her child she was in the hospital again … a mental hospital … in a straight jacket … in the formative stages of a breakdown that had her alternately wishing for another hit or death. Either choice was fine with her.

After several months of clinical therapy, she was granted her release from the mental hospital, but not from the grip of her demons. She was mixing wine, cocaine, and prescription drugs again within weeks after leaving the facility.

Sometime earlier, when Suzanne was searching for something to get her out of her abyss, she had begun attending a church and had made several friends there. One, in particular, struck her as especially spiritual, and Suzanne stayed in touch, even after she lost touch with the church.

One day, desperate and high, Suzanne called her friend and spiritual mentor and asked if they could meet. ““She told me that I could not see her until I tried a Twelve Step program,” Suzanne says.

It would be the first of two blessings imparted by her friend.

The second was a recommendation that Suzanne check out Promises Austin – sooner than later. She did. And then she decided to go there to get well. And she did that, too.

“It made such an impact on my life,” she says. “My previous stays in treatment facilities never suggested that I had to work on my physical, emotional, and mental health. With the compassion of the counselors and techs, as well as administrative staff, and the materials provided, I had finally found my solution.”

Suzanne says the Promises Austin staff taught her how to find a healthy lifestyle first – and then how to maintain it. Now, she says, she chooses “healthy” – because of all she learned and experienced at the facility.

“I am thankful for all that was offered,” she says. “I have formed wonderful friendships and developed tools that have enabled me to live sober.”

For the record, those last three words … they represent the happiest chapter of Suzanne’s story – so far, anyway.

Holistic Success: A Guest’s Story

Many of Promises Austin’s guests are referred to the holistic alcohol and drug treatment center by professionals in the medical, therapeutic, addiction/recovery, and legal fields. These professionals take great care in selecting treatment facilities for their patients/clients. After all, lives – not just reputations – are on the line. In order to best serve the needs of these referents, Promises Austin taps the expertise of qualified therapists, interventionists, and other healthcare professionals to create a smooth, unique path to treatment.

The Promises Austin “experience” is just that. It lasts 35 to 60 days, and the center’s staff adapts a specialized treatment episode for each guest. The treatment plan begins with an assessment of the guest’s individual situation, including helping him/her determine what led to the choices he/she made previously.

Then it assesses the treatment options that meet the physical, mental, emotional, family, and spiritual needs of the individual to, ultimately, equip each guest with the necessary tools to conquer his/her addictions and “live life sober,” the lodge’s motto.

And that’s just what happens, as most guests tell the staff, in letters and emails they send following time spent at Promises Austin.

“I am very grateful that my first and, hopefully, last experience in rehab was at Promises Austin,” one guest wrote recently. “This place is very special and that is because of the staff, surroundings, and environment.”

This guest followed a protocol that is typical to what any addict who chooses Promises Austin might experience. Upon arrival, she received a comprehensive evaluation, which included:

The staff then set about providing the finest level of holistic rehabilitation treatment for her. As part of her treatment, she was put on a recreation regimen that included workouts in the fitness center, as well as day trips, golf, and horseback riding. She was enrolled in gourmet cooking classes and participated in yoga and meditation classes. And, of course, she had regular access to the pool, hot tub, and to spa treatments.

The end result: She gradually was transformed from a person addicted to prescription drugs into someone whose mind, body, and spirit became equipped to life a drug-free life.

And she celebrated this transformation with the staff. “It is a fabulous treatment center!” she said in her note following her stay at Promises Austin. “I can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to go there.”

The Guests Say It Best

A typical Google search for drug treatment facilities will yield upwards of 17 million possible sites and/or articles to explore, many of which are produced or sponsored by facilities that will boast of their success rates.

Nothing, though, attests to a center’s ability to change lives quite like the stories from people who have “been there and done that.” Those who have been addicted – and then been made well again – know like no others exactly what it is that helps one facility separate itself from the others.

At Promises Austin, the accolades from guests who have experienced the center’s unique alcohol- or drug-treatment programs represent the facility’s signature accomplishment: It truly does help turn lives around in profound and lasting ways.

And the words bear repeating:

“I am very grateful that my first and, hopefully, last experience in rehab was at Promises Austin. This place is very special and that is because of the staff, surroundings, and environment.”

“Fabulous treatment center! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.”

“Six months! On Sept. 13, 2010 I had my last drink on the way to Promises Austin. Today, I am very happy to be sober and functional again. Thank you all who reached out during a difficult time. It was not always easy to be locked up and “abused” by the staff – ha,ha! But, looking back, I had a great time at Promises Austin and the “heartless” staff did a great job. I laughed more in the weeks at Promises Austin than I had in years as a ‘happy drunk’. And I found a new life, new friends, and new reasons to be happy without being drunk. Best wishes to all.”

The realized dream of facility founder George Joseph, Promises Austin provides a unique, holistic program of addiction treatment to guests who are striving to end a dependence on alcohol or on drugs. The program was developed with tried and tested methods for ensuring the most comprehensive addiction recovery treatment and the limestone residence is set in a luxurious, upscale atmosphere similar to a spa.

From spa and concierge services to an executive chef who caters to the guests’ nutritional well-being, from expressive arts to acupuncture and a recovery fitness program, the Promises Austin experience is designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Promises Austin features the beauty and tranquility of a private enclave, and this idyllic setting provides a welcome counterpoint to the hard work of recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Promises Austin is unique. It’s effective. And, best of all, based on what our guests say, it’s very successful at changing lives.

To find out more about Promises Austin, please visit the company website,, or call us at 1.713.528.3709 to discuss how we might help you or a loved one overcome alcohol dependence or drug addiction at our state-of-the-art rehab center.

Success Story – Promises Austin Saved My Life.

The following story comes directly from a person in addiction recovery programs and a Promises Austin alumna. For her privacy, we have removed all references to her name. However, we hope that this story will inspire others who are addicted and their loved ones to seek out recovery programs like Promises Austin to learn how to live life sober.

“I had the absolute best childhood. I grew up in a family of four sisters and my parents. We were upper middle class; my dad was an OBGYN and my mother was a specialty businesswoman. We were taught values, manners, and the Jewish traditions. I had a lot of friends and we all did the right thing back then. I was always the good one and didn’t get in any trouble.

“The question was never, ‘Are you going to college?’ but ‘Where are you going to college?’ I strayed away from the Texas sorority girl route and moved to the mountains to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson. That’s where I was introduced to my first hit of marijuana, but I just said ‘no thank you.’ When I got home from college in my 20’s, one of my best friends was dating the lead singer of a band so every weekend I got introduced to cocaine. I was still a hard worker and focused so, even though we would use cocaine on the weekends, I was back to work Monday mornings. It didn’t control me.

“I believe that addiction is in your genes. In my family, out of the five of us girls, two are addicts and the other three are squeaky clean. My dad was in Gamblers Anonymous® for 12 years. I always wanted more of everything, whether that was food or cocaine, but it wasn’t a drug addiction because I could control it so it didn’t affect my life, I thought. During my 20’s, I was doing cocaine on the weekends but was still working with no problem. I was drug free most of my 30’s.

“I was transferred to Miami and was doing great but then my husband passed away when I was 46. That’s when I was introduced to crack. Once I got a hit of crack, it was ‘game on.’ I was functioning great until I crossed that line. Death caused me to slip and death almost took my life because I had to try it one more time. It controlled me and it took everything away from me including my family, my job, etc. I moved back to Houston and was introduced by my sister where to get it. I ended up spending 30 days in jail and then drug court. I did great for about two years because jail scared me to death and it scared me straight. But when I got out of drug court, the first call I made was to my crack dealer. I hadn’t hit my bottom yet.

“I went to other rehabs, all four-month rehabs, but still had that reservation that when I got out I still had to do a hit. One day, I got a hold of bad crack for the fist time and it sent me to the hospital. I had heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, and adrenal gland failure. I was in the hospital for six months with only a two per cent chance of living. The doctors said if I did one more hit I would die. One of my sisters knew Dr. Jason Powers and she called him to help, saying that I was begging for help. I knew doing another hit meant going to my funeral. Instead, I went to Promises Austin for two months.

Promises Austin saved my life. I would put the staff and help I got there up against any rehab center in the country. It really is a luxury rehab center with the chefs, staff, and atmosphere. My sister has gone to 18 drug rehab centers. I also sent her to Promises Austin and now she’s clean. It’s a place like no other and I urge people who have hit bottom and are ready to change their lives, to go to Promises Austin. Ninety percent of the staff has been through recovery so they get you and understand where you’re coming from. I knew I was ready to make a drastic change with no reservations and I was willing to go to any length to save my life, to have a second chance. Now, I’m present at everything and have such clarity every day. The staff members truly want to help you change your life. They show you that you can have fun in sobriety and that the possibilities are endless once you get off addiction. They teach you that you have to change the way you think about life.

“I now know that, no matter what bad things happen to me, a hit will only make it worse. I’m close to God and I can do anything in this world, which is a feeling I’ve never achieved before in my life. I go to meetings everyday to see a great group of people. I work with and sponsor others. I put in the work, but Promises Austin gave me the tools and the people to make the biggest difference. I encourage anyone: if you think you have a problem, don’t walk, but run to Promises Austin. How many people have to die before you wake up and think this is not the way to live?

“I made a commitment to change my life and I got everything and more. Now I’m waiting so I can go work there because I’m committed to making a difference in another person’s life. Promises Austin saved my life and now I’m going back to save someone else’s life.”

What 5 Years Feels Like – Alumni Blog Post

On March 27, 2012 I celebrated 5 years of recovery. I was addicted to drugs, I was addicted to alcohol and couldn’t stand to take another drink but couldn’t live without it. I showed up at Sundance’s door step alone. Everything was gone, I had no job, my house was in foreclosure, the power was turned off and my family was gone. Everything that I worked so hard for in my life had disappeared. What happened to me? Why me?

I walked in full of fear and anger but with a beautiful gift. The gift of desperation. For me, to drink is to die. I know that today. I stayed in treatment for 45 days, continued one-on-one counseling and worked the 12 steps. I found a fellowship of addicts and alcoholics that I could relate to. I found freedom in the 12 steps and I slowly started to recover. I had to look at my past, my wreckage and see my part in it. Then my counselor and my sponsor helped guide me in the amends process. What a freedom I have today. The beautiful thing is that life has not been easy the last 5 years but I don’t have to drink over it. Every morning I wake up sober I have a clean slate – to write the next 24 hours – whatever that may be – I can write good or I can write bad – I have that choice today.

And today I have a life that I never could have imagined. I got married in sobriety, I have rebuilt my relationships with my family and I get to sponsor other women new to recovery. I have been blessed to be able to open sober living homes in Scottsdale. I help the newcomer every day. That has kept me sober! Today I have an obligation to give away what was freely given to me – the gift of sobriety. If you are struggling in sobriety – get out of yourself and help someone. I promise you will feel better.

As I reflect over the last 5 years and how desperate I was when my journey started – I kept thinking, Why me? And today I think, Well, why not?

Michelle S. > Michelle’s Sober Living

Success Stories: “I Finally Found My Solution”

The following story comes directly from a Right Step alumna in recovery. We hope that this story will inspire others who are addicted, and their loved ones, to seek out recovery programs like Right Step and Promises Austin to learn how to live life sober.

“I started using substances at the age of 12. I am not new to recovery; I started going to treatment facilities in order to manage my using. I never wanted recovery, though…I just wanted to be free from using cocaine. I left the first facility with a husband and, nine months later, we had a beautiful son. We both started using again shortly after my son was born. We separated after 18 months and I went two years without cocaine, and with minimal drinking. But, when I was confronted with a situation I could not manage, I ended up in a mental hospital with a straight jacket, leading to months of clinical therapy. Again, I thought I had a workable solution, and with every promotion or success I began to reward myself with occasional binges of smoking crack.

“At that point, I turned to religion. I thought I had the answer. I was prayed for, given scripture and confession, which worked only as long as I was at church. In 2003, I came to the end of my rope and was introduced to a spiritual program. I had a spiritual director and I followed the plan she gave me. It gave me momentary relief, but because I never identified with my emotions, I continued to occasionally binge on cocaine in situations that I could not control. I always started off with the occasional drink. I would never give up drinking because I was not an alcoholic…so I thought. I thought I had found a better way to use cocaine and still function.

“When celebrating with friends in 2006 at a party, I started using powder cocaine. In January of 2007 I had to have a surgery, which became my excuse: I used cocaine to alleviate the pain I was experiencing from fibroid tumors. I then began to experience the legal consequences of my actions, and I was put on probation for three years. Because I had never worried about finances in the past, I had always been able to pay my way out of trouble by keeping a lawyer on retainer. But this time, all my resources were gone, and I was both unemployed and unemployable as a realtor and small business owner.

“On top of all this, the toxic relationship I had been in for the past 14 years was out of control. I snapped, and tried to kill my then boyfriend. I could not understand what was happening with my life, and the only way I knew how to cope was to use. So I continued my affair with wine and powder cocaine daily, mixed with prescription pain pills. I would leave probation and call my dealer just to cope, I would still see my spiritual director. Finally, that director told me that I could not see her until I tried a Twelve Step program. I was not that bad off, I thought; this was not an option for me. The court ordered me to enroll in an intensive outpatient treatment program at Right Step. Again, I played the role, got my certificates, and continued to spiral out of control. But I could no longer continue to live.

“On the morning of February 2, 2009, I called Right Step and checked in, thinking again only to be free from cocaine. I still did not think I had a problem with alcohol.

“The staff, counselor, residential techs, treatment plan, and exposure to AA really made an impact on my life. My previous stays in treatment facilities never suggested that I had to work on my physical, emotional, and mental health. With the compassion of the counselors and techs, as well as administrative staff and the materials provided, I had finally found my solution. During my stay in treatment, I joined the active alumni group, doing things I had never done before: bowling, playing softball, dancing, things that showed me that being sober isn’t boring.

“I joined this group immediately after completing residential treatment. It has been a vital part of my recovery. I needed the nurturing, compassion, and understanding of my peers. I attending meetings on a regular basis, have a sponsor, work the steps, and apply those principles to my daily life. I am thankful for all that Right Step offered, and I have formed wonderful friendships and developed tools that have enabled me to adjust to living [sober].

“I am off probation. I continue to volunteer with alumni at Right Step and give back by interacting with and encouraging clients, as well as working to attract others to live a sober life that offers support, fellowship, and fun.”

Remember that helping someone overcome addiction is a gift born of compassion. For more information on admission to one of Right Step’s 20 drug treatment centers including Promises Austin, please click here.

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