I was evading depression for 3 years via prescription painkillers when I finally decided to get help. I had been diagnosed when I was 13 with severe manic depressive disorder. Then, right after my diagnosis, my parents moved me away from my school, claiming it was all in my head and a change of scenery would help. They were wrong, of course, that isn’t how it works. My symptoms didn’t fade despite moving from Maine to California within weeks of my diagnosis. I have lived here in Cali ever since, and I am currently 19 years old.
I am the mother of two bright and beautiful young boys and nothing in my life has been more valuable to me than the drive I have to be a better example for them than my mother was for me. By the time I was 19, I was a smoker and an alcoholic. Then again, my mother was too, so I suppose the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The difference is, after I got to college, I (somehow miraculously) balanced my problems with my work and managed to graduate with my degree. I have, since then, become someone; I have made something of myself, which she never did. Even after I got a job, I still struggled with my addiction.
There are so many different preconceived expectations about rehab, and in my experience at least, rehab is not what you would expect. If your only exposure has been through the media, there are a lot of things that you may believe about rehabs that simply don’t hold up, especially when it comes to luxury rehabs. I went to rehab at 23 for my cocaine addiction. It took me over a year to just get up the guts to go, though. I was raised in a very unorthodox family. While they are becoming more common now, this kind of family raised a lot of eyebrows back in my day. I grew up in an age of “none of my business” though, so no one said a word. Maybe if someone had said something to me, I wouldn’t have thought smoking, drinking, and drugs were normal and totally and completely acceptable.
A huge benefit that I never expected from a luxury rehab was group therapy. I always saw AA meetings or other kinds of group therapy as corny and unnecessary. However, actually taking a part in them made a huge impact. When I was 13, I started drinking. It was an escape to a not-so-hot home life where Mom was never home and Dad was always cheating. Typical white, upper-class, stereotypical suburban family. I was just the rebellious teen, and I fit the role nicely. Problem is, that little issue of mine never passed. I stayed “rebellious” until I was 22. That’s when I realized I might actually have a problem.
When you go home from rehab, it is important that you keep in touch. You should still talk to your counselors and mentors. They helped you through a very rough part of your life. They will still be able to help you should you face future hiccup. Instead of leaving rehab and forgetting them, find out how you can keep them updated. Don’t go home from rehab and forget who helped get you there. Make them a regular part of your life.
When you think of inhalant abuse, you probably think of some kid huffing the fumes from spray paint, or the top of a whipped cream container just before it blows. Harmless? Not so much. Something that simple can turn into so much more. It starts out silly enough, but the truth about inhalant abuse is a lot darker than that, take it from me. Though I have been clean for six years, I just found out that my 16 year old son has been messing around with things that he shouldn’t even know about, so I feel like it is worth bringing up.
Part of holistic treatment is finding balance at luxury rehab. It doesn’t have to be a difficult process. You simply have to know what to do. It isn’t about finding the right place to sit or thinking the right things. It is about balancing your personal life. Keeping your stress down and keeping yourself focused are part of that balance. You need to figure out your goals, and luxury rehab can provide that for you.
Rehab had never really seemed to be an option for me, but when I finally decided to go, I had to admit that luxury rehab was welcoming. I have a past. I have a lot of issues that I had dealt with, and I had to go to rehab for both alcoholism and painkiller addiction. Finding one that didn’t intimidate me or make me feel awkward just walking in was a struggle. I also had the added bonus of having to find a rehab that openly accepted homosexuals, considering how big a part of my life my wife is. If it weren’t for her I never even would have gone. However, after some searching, I found the perfect little haven.
When you think of heroin addicts, a successful business woman is probably not what pops into your head, but luxury rehab helped me to find my way back onto the right path. I never really thought that rehab was right for me. I’ll admit I was struck by the stereotypical type of people inhabiting rehab facilities and I thought it a highly unsavory place. My standards are quite high, I suppose. However, my addiction was close to losing me my job. My priorities were falling out of check and I needed to get back on track. I started looking into luxury rehabs, and working on improving myself before I lost everything that makes me, well, me.
There are a lot of questions that go into choosing the right rehab, and if you are considering a luxury rehab, you may wonder is a luxury rehab worth it? If you are in a position that allows this to be an option for you, it is totally worth it. Take it from me. I am a gay CEO. Plus, a very busy woman. I am fortunate enough in life to have some spending money, but unfortunate enough to have struggled with prescription painkiller addiction. I can openly admit that now, I have moved on from that part of my life. However, if I had not gone to a luxury rehab, I don’t know if I would be in as good of a place as I am right now.