Helping Others Find The Right Alcoholism Treatment Centers

Alcoholism caused me to miss about a third of my life. I'm 76 years old and I feel like I'm just getting started. The only positive about my alcohol addiction was that it gave me the experience and perspective to counsel people who've started drinking, so I can try and get them into alcoholism treatment centers. My dependency lasted for about twenty-five years, during which I destroyed two marriages, filed for bankruptcy, lost three businesses and lost my license twice; not to mention all the damage I did to my body and my family. I'd always drank, but I never started actually abusing alcohol to cope with stress until I was thirty-five. I was going through my first divorce and things were piling up at work. My wife and I were separated and I'd moved into a condo a few miles from my office. I'd done very well as a real estate developer, and worked about 17 hours every day. This is one of the many reasons why my first wife and I split. Miraculously we became best friends years later, and she even helped me research alcoholism treatment centers.

After my divorce was finalized, I threw myself even further into my work. There were days when I wouldn't even leave my office. I remembered thinking that there was absolutely nothing for me at home, and now that I'd lost just about half of everything I owned, I wanted to work to get some of it back. There was a four-month period where I was in the middle of three major deals, and was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but I pretty much had my whole business riding on them. During the day I worked; at night I starting turning to alcohol. It started with a few bad hangovers. Soon I was missing meetings, regularly driving drunk, and having withdrawal symptoms. If I were as smart as I'd given myself credit for being, I would have recognized that I needed help and went away to an alcoholism treatment center. Instead I let two decades go by without seeking adequate help, and lost almost everything.

I'm deliberately not going to mention everything that happened during my darker days when I was drinking heavily; however I will say that I made just about every stupid mistake a person can make. A few that come to mind were getting into fights, some car accidents, evictions, debt, infidelity...and the list goes on. Looking back on everything now I guess I spent the bulk of my life hurting and disappointing people. I had a problem with accepting the consequences of my actions for a very long time. I later would learn that this contributed to my many relapses. It was only when I finally found the right alcoholism treatment center that I got sober (and more importantly stayed sober). It took me three stints at different alcoholism treatment centers for me to find the right alcoholism treatment center for me.

It was after my third stint at alcohol rehab and I was driving down the freeway after a night with a bottle of Grey Goose. Not surprisingly, I lost control of my car and wound up ramming into a family of four. Now...there are a few things for which I thank God every day: the strength to live sober, a second chance at life, and that the only damage I did to that family was to their car. These people reminded me of how my family used to be--to think that my behavior could have hurt, or even killed them, was just too much.

Because of your website I went to the alcoholism treatment center that was right for me and they saved my life. Today I draw strength from God and the work that I do with alcoholics who were in the same position I was in. I know I don't have a lot of time left on this planet and Lord knows that I have a lot to repent for, so I'd like my remaining days to really count.

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