Friday, January 15, 2010

Letter of Hope from a Chronic Pain Patient

Divine Intervention

This is my story.  A journey that I wish no one. 

It started over twenty years ago with chronic back problems.  A pain pill here and there, each time stronger miligrams.  Little did I know what damage I was doing to myself and my family.

Well, it finally caught up to me.  I went in to the hospital for spinal surgery twice in one year.  The last surgery was like icing on a cake, it is where all my problems began:  My addiction to opiates.  They were available to me every ten minutes at my desire.  Oh yeah!  I was in pig heaven!  Feeling no pain at all!!  Little did I know what I was doing to myself. 

This really was just getting me going to my addiction.  After discharging from the hospital, I was given a prescription for oxycotin.  Wow! more pain killers!  Oh how dumb I was.  I thought I knew it all! 

After theirty four days of being in a haze, it was time to get professional help.  The next day I was a basketcase!  Oh God, what do I do?!?!  I had enough sense to call my EAP Program for help that I seriously needed!  I knew what I had to tod.  I had to get clean off of the drugs that had me a total mess. 

I was referred to Hemet Valley Recovery Center for a medical detoxification from all drugs that I was on for so long.  If it had not been for Hemet Valley Recovery Center, I probably be dead by now.  The doctors and staff were very awesome and very caring for my well being to get well and clean.  The staff got me through my darkest days. 

I am clean and sober now and with God's help, forever!!


Steven M.

Monday, January 11, 2010

HVRC and Sage Retreat Featured on A&E's Intervention

Jackie's Story

Once known as the "prettiest girl in town," Jackie had a promising career as a radiation therapist. She became a wealthy doctor's wife, a country club member and a proud mother.

But Jackie was haunted by childhood traumas. She was devasted when her father dies when she was 13. And as an overweight adolescent, she was teased wth the nickname, "Fat Jack" and felt she was never as good as her pretty sister.

After Jackie's second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, she turned to alcohol. She's had three failed stints in rehab and an ugly divorce. Prior to treatment, Jackie drank two bottles of wine a day.

Today, Jackie is 125 days clean and sober, "feeling good and is happy but would be happier if she had her daughter in her life." She currently resides in California.
This episode, filmed at our Hemet, CA faciity, will chronicle the treatment of patient Jackie.

Tune into A&E network on Monday, January 11th 9:00 pm PST (the episode will also re-run Tuesday, January 12th 1:00 am PST)