Friday, August 6, 2010

Coining Thank You's

Here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center, when a patient has completed treatment we hold a Coining Ceremony for the individual. One particular patient wrote out her thank you's and has allowed me to share it here on our blog. I believe this is a testament to our program, hard work and her determination.

"It is with heartfelt gratitude that I have been able to complete the program here at HVRC.

"Today no longer a victim but a survivor."

I have to thank the treatment team, all of the counselors and nurses for helping me and Sherry, the Clinical Director for her support and help.

When I got here, I was just going to go through detox and here I am 90 days later. I wanted to leave more than once but I stayed and I have to thank Tori and Jacque for helping me to open myself to this process. I thought I knew something when I got here, but the "Set Aside Prayer" was given to me and it helped me to gain a new experience with this program.

I was terrified to expose myself and become vulnerable. I am so grateful that Tori and Jacque broke down my walls and I have been able to begin to scratch the surface of my life's core issues. These are the reasons I drank and used and couldn't STAY sober. Aside from my pain, I have been blessed to meet some beautiful souls here. People that love and just for being me and in spite of all my defects. I have to thank Teresa for being my sobriety sister from day one in detox until today. Our journey was meant for us to meet. Our lives are so similar. She knows me inside and out and still loves me even when I don't love myself.

Heather, I personally think you are amazing and want to thank you for all your patience and loving support. I'm grateful you came back here and we became friends. You are a bright spot in my life. You have many special gifts.

To my sister and nephew: You have always been by my side from that day when I was five until now. I thank you for opening your heart and home to me when I was so vulnerable and afraid. Thank you for loving me in spite of all my short comings. I am grateful for the opportunity to work on our relationship. I love you so much! You are the best gift I ever got!

To all my other HVRC family, detox, Sage, and outpatient buddies, I love and appreciate you all. There have been a lot of people that come and go also but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Jim K. He was a mentor, friend and always a gentleman. He taught me it's ok to be willful and may he rest in peace.

Thank you for my freedom from the bondage of pain. All my love..."

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