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Addiction As A Family Disease

Addiction is often thought of as a disease that affects a single person – the one who is dependent on and is unable to break free from a chemical substance. This is an understandable misconception. The life of the person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol becomes clearly unmanageable as the dependency progresses. We see the person’s life fall apart, manifested by loss of jobs, relationships, physical and mental health, social life, and the list only goes on. But what about the family of the addict? How are the lives of the family members affected by the addiction of their loved ones?

For a long time these questions were not answered and furthermore, not even asked. The families of the addict have been overlooked and the attention has been focused on the addict himself. Meanwhile, we discover that addiction of a family member has a drastic effect on the family as a whole. The National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence describes addiction as “A family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics». When we look at a family as a unit, a sum of many parts, this begins to make more sense. John Bradshaw, one of the most recognized authors and motivational speakers on addiction, family dynamics, and co- dependency, brought light to the concept of addiction as a family disease through his video series “Family’s Secrets”. Bradshaw talks of the family as a dynamic system – “When there is a problem, the whole system is affected, not just the individual”.

So what does this look like in simple terms? When a person becomes consumed by their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, their loved ones in turn become consumed by their own unhealthy behaviors, which revolve around the addict. One of the most prominent issues is that the entire family becomes consumed by the addict and his using. This unhealthy pattern of enmeshment with the addict’s disease is called co-dependency, and it manifests itself in a variety of ways. Some of the following are common symptoms displayed by the co-dependent family:

Obsession with the addict
Attempts to control
Hope /Wishful thinking: “if only”
Enabling/care taking/guilt
Unable to hold the addict accountable
No or limited healthy boundaries
Give money, time, energy
Unable to say “no”
Poor self-care

These are clearly pretty severe symptoms and just like the addict is unable to get better on his own, the family requires help to break free from these unhealthy patterns of behaviors. Self-help meeting such as AA have been around since 1935, while self-help groups for the family came about some time after, with Al-Aanon being formed in 1951, Nar-Anon in 1986, and CODA and Adult Children of Alcoholics forming in the mid 80’s. All of these groups follow the 12 Step model of recovery, yet target the family members of addicts rather than the addicts themselves.

The idea of family members getting help was originally met with controversy and even resistance. The common response was “He’s the sick one! Why would I need help?”. This in itself is a type of denial, similar to the denial used by the addict. It’s common for the family members to get so wrapped up and consumed by the problem of the addict, that they begin to completely neglect and underestimate any problems of their own. As a result, just like the addicts’ life is dependent on the drug, the families’ life becomes dependent on the addict.

To demonstrate how similar the diseases of addiction and co-dependency are, lets take a look at a table below, which lists some common behaviors for both, the addicted individual and the family.

Addict

  • Denial
  • Obsession: life revolves around using
  • Compulsion to use
  • Emotional & physical illness

Family

  • Denial
  • Obsession with the person using
  • Compulsion to control the person using (urge to cure)
  • Emotional & physical illness

The behaviors appear to be practically identical, and in a similar manner these behaviors end up driving the family members’ life to complete chaos. Whether the co-dependent is the wife that fails to hold her husband accountable, allowing time after time to cause her physical, financial, or emotional pain. Or whether it’s the mother who obsesses on being able to protect her son, allowing him to use drugs in her house and even financially supporting his habit in order to protect him from the dangers of “the streets”. These behaviors are destructive to the person engaging in them as well as to the addict, since they enable the addiction by either preventing the natural negative consequences from taking place or by providing the means to engage in addictive behaviors.

Each member of the effected family responds differently to addiction. It is not atypical for a mother to take on the role of the enabler, refusing to kick her son out of the house or cut him of financially, while the father may try to control the using, roaming through his son’s personal belongings in a fit of rage, looking for drugs. Both of these are examples of co-dependent behaviors but they are expressed differently by different members of the family due to each member playing a different family role. A great resource for understanding the dynamics of a co-dependent family are John Bradshaw’s video series Bradshaw On the Family: ten-part series, 1985 and Bradshaw On: Family Secrets: six-part series, 1995.

Just like an addict needs outside help to find a way out of his addiction, it is important that his family gets support and recovery as well. Addiction puts strain on relationships within the family as its members become anxious, mistrustful, and distraught. An overwhelming sense of hopelessness can set in and become an underlying theme of the entire family. Marriages fall apart and the non-addicted children can become neglected or draw away from their parents.

At Genesis Recovery, we know that addiction hurts the whole family. This is why we find that it is absolutely essential that solutions are designed to restore the whole family and not just the addicted individual. While we stress that family members attend self-help meetings such as Al- Anon, Nar-Anon, or Coda, we also reach out to the families through family sessions held at our facility. As our residents approach their treatment completion, we begin working with their families in order to ensure that there are healthy coping mechanisms in place and a vital understanding present within all member of the family. Whether the resident will be returning to live with his family, or will be transitioning into one of our sober livings, we want to be a part of restoring the family relationships.

By Mila Kisina

California Opiate Treatment

The Self-Supporting Newcomer

The Self-Supporting Newcomer

Many families struggle with finding balance when it comes to when and how to support their newly sober loved one. Being executive director of a treatment facility, and a former addict, I have seen both ends of the spectrum and hopefully can provide a model that will walk a family through giving their loved one the ability to be self- supporting.

I have a difficult time watching individuals, most of whom have bled their family of large amounts of financial resources, get sober only to bleed them further. On one end of the spectrum you have families that are so happy their loved one is sober that they will go to extremes such as buying them a car for ‘graduating’ treatment. A little advice: you NEVER graduate treatment or recovery. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the family that completely cuts their son or daughter off and won’t even pay for food much less continued care such as sober living after treatment. I lean more towards this formula: supporting the individual as a family is capable, ONLY while the individual is doing well, and ONLY as much as a family is able for a short period. The most successful situations that I have witnessed have been set up with the loved one incrementally taking on more responsibility over the course of a few months. Little by little the newly sober person builds self- esteem and confidence as they become more self- supporting.

Regarding continued care, assuming a family is able, I don’t see anything wrong with paying for sober living, food and a cell phone after treatment. Practically speaking, what I have seen proven effective is giving your loved one a week or so to settle into his/her new living environment then looking for a job with a fair sense of urgency. Try not to put more pressure on your loved one than necessary, this usually has an adverse reaction. Most addicts/alcoholics do not handle stress appropriately. This is one of the tools that a successful pattern of continued support can help foster. Place a soft deadline on getting a job. In most cases, it isn’t unrealistic to find a job in a couple of weeks. Most addicts/alcoholics can get paralyzed by fear which can cause what appears to be laziness. We want to tell them something like, “look, it doesn’t matter if you are a stocking shelves at a grocery store or if you are the CEO at Google. Just get a job!”

Once they meet the goal of getting a job, it is important to encourage and congratulate your loved one. Your encouragement, coupled with their newfound job, will continue to build their confidence to meet EVERYONE’s goal that they be self-sufficient. We have a motto at Genesis, “Never work harder than the client is willing to work” and a supporting loved one should not either when it comes to financial support. As you offer them encouragement at having met their goal, now we move on to the next milestone. Mention to them that you would like them to start contributing to one of the expenses for which you are currently paying, e.g. cell phone, half their food expense, etc. I suggest keeping it small. Again, the idea is to continue to build their confidence in meeting small, achievable goals. Each of these milestone’s is not a suggestion, it is a choice for them to choose to walk in this new responsibility. For example, your mention of them assisting by paying their cell phone bill means that you are no longer paying the bill. Make sure you are clear on the specifics. If they fail to meet this obligation the problem is theirs, not yours. After this milestone, I would not mention anything again for a month or so. Let them get used to contributing again. Always try to encourage and applaud your loved one for taking some the financial burden from you.

After a month, maybe even two, tell your loved one that they are doing a great job (assuming of course that they are) and ask him/her to take on another piece of the finances/responsibility. For example, the rest of their food or the gas in the car. Now your loved one is handling the cell phone and gas or all of their own food. I am sure you get the point. Ease your loved into supporting himself slowly. This will take time depending on how long/much you have been supporting them throughout their addiction.

Assuming all has been going well for a few months, now ask your loved one to chip in on half the rent. You can increase their responsibility in this way until they are fully self- supporting. It is the most rewarding thing for an addict to stop burdening their family, even if they don’t recognize it at first. If your loved one is not receptive to being self- supporting and he/she is attempting to use old tactics such as guilt to continue old patterns of behavior, set proper boundaries and ask for accountability from others. We will discuss these areas more in another blog.

The bottom line: Your loved one should cheerfully take on more and more responsibility the longer they are in recovery. It is human nature to desire encouragement and to want our loved ones to be proud of us. Addicts/Alcoholics are no different. I have seen the model described here work for countless individuals and their self- esteem boosted to a healthy level far more than individuals who have either been given too much or the opposite; absolutely cut off. Balance is the key and remember, “never work harder than they are willing to work”.

Please contact me if you have any further questions or need support:

Thomas Hathorn
Executive Director
Genesis Recovery, Inc.
877-707-6103

 

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More Than Meets the Eye: The Heroin, Prescription Pills and Fentanyl Epidemic

Opiate Deaths on the Rise

Deaths from opiate overdoses have steadily been on the rise in the past few years. In the most recent data from the Center for Disease Control, there were about 47,055 drug injury-related deaths due to drug overdoses in 2014. In the same year, 18,893 of this number died from a heroin overdose. The highest death rate for heroin-related overdose deaths are between the age of 18 and 25. Today, these numbers are skyrocketing due to an often deadly mix of heroin and/or prescription pills and the drug, Fentanyl.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic analgesic used to manage severe and chronic pain. Fentanyl is a Schedule II drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Fentanyl is most commonly mixed with heroin and cocaine to get a longer lasting high, but it is increasingly becoming the cause of more overdose related deaths due to Fentanyl’s high potency. To give you an idea of the potency of Fentanyl, to get the same effect as 10mg of Morphine, one would only need to consume 0.2mg of Fentanyl. Drug traffickers mostly get the drug from underground pharmaceutical labs in China then mix it with heroin or prescription pills and then distribute it to different parts of the world. Lacing prescription pills and heroin with Fentanyl is profitable for drug dealers due to the amount of money they save only having to add a fraction of Fentanyl to produce the same effect as the normal ingredients.

Rise in Opioid Deaths

With the increase in Fentanyl-laced heroin and prescription pills, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of opiate related deaths. At least 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2014, the highest number of deaths in U.S. history. Of those, fentanyl was involved in 5,554 fatalities, a 79 percent increase over 2013, according to a December CDC report. Some states have found to have more deaths than other states including, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. One of the most notable deaths recently was the accidental overdose by the musician Prince. Just in the first quarter of 2015, there were about 39 deaths in Baltimore, which spiked from 14 in 2014. In the first three months of the year, there were 73 fentanyl and heroin-related overdoses in Maryland. Overdose deaths in New Jersey have swelled, tripling in 2014 from 2013. It was reported that there were about 49 people in 2013 who died with fentanyl in their system which spiked to 143 people in 2014. Within a 12-day span in Sacramento, California in 2016, 10 people lost their life because of the Fentanyl laced prescription pill Norco. The deaths are occurring, in large part, because users will take the same amount of prescription pills laced with Fentanyl that they normally would consume and are overdosing due to the potency of the Fentanyl within the pills

What’s Being Done

Major crackdowns continue nationwide from the Drug Enforcement Agency on pharmacy theft and prescription fraud. In 2014, there were 3,344 reports of fraud from physicians and pharmacists. Also, the DEA has unclassified a brief in which they detail how they are identifying and pursuing the synthetic drugs origins from China to Canada and Mexico.

While the DEA tracks the origins of the drug, some states are requiring that first responders and emergency personnel carry the reverse opiate overdose drug, naloxone on them to prevent opiate overdoses. Additionally, with about 44,000 people dying every year in the United States from accidental overdose from opiates, the drugstore such as CVS and Walgreens are now getting involved. Just recently, CVS pharmacies announced that they will now be selling non-prescription naloxone in 14 states; Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. At Genesis Recovery, we are working hard to educate our clients on the potential dangers associated with relapse, specifically sounding the alarm regarding this hidden epidemic where one pill could be your last.

If someone you know is using heroin or any other opioid or harmful drugs, recovery is possible. Find help today by calling us at 877-707-6103. Our staff is glad to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By Carl Culver

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Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

If we are a loved one of an alcoholic/addict, we must consistently be asking ourselves this question: Am I helping their recovery or am I helping their addiction? We all know the words: codependent, overly attached, loving them to death, etc. For many alcoholics/addicts, us “loved ones,” as difficult as it may sound, are the ones who keep them sick. As a counselor, I would like to tell you that my family is immune to this issue, but it is not. I have a cousin who is in his 30’s, addicted to drugs, lives with his mother, goes from job to job, and cannot balance a checkbook. The few times I have presented to his mother the idea of boundaries, she stated, “I simply can’t do that to my child. I love him too much”. The irony in this family dynamic is that her love is selfish. She doesn’t want to let go of her son for fear of how she may feel, when in actuality, it is this same “love” that has allowed him to make it into his 30’s and be completely unprepared for life. This codependent dysfunctional family system, which is cultivated in the seed of shame and low self-esteem, is part of the problem.

As loved ones of alcoholics/addicts, we have to be part of the solution. We have to be willing to make the difficult decisions to love them enough to set boundaries that do not reward their negative behavior. All too often, residents will come into the treatment center, at the request of their loved ones, and will remain defiant throughout the treatment episode, usually until they can get the loved one to cave in, at which time they will return back to the same environment having acquired little to no change. Herein lies more irony; it is this same defiant behavior that screams that they need treatment. If the alcoholic/addict is telling you that they do not need treatment, yet they are incapable of adhering to a few simple rules of a treatment program, then this is a clear indicator that they are not as emotionally mature and independent as they may lead you to believe. The unwillingness to engage in institutional rules and listen to those who have loved them the most is a clear indicator of their issues. Loved ones, we all must be educated on healthy boundaries; love our alcoholic/addicts enough to say “no” and never question whether we are part of the problem or part of the solution.

Stay tuned to learn about boundaries!!

By Carl Culver

Support Group

Recovered?

“Hello my name is______ and I’m an alcoholic”

We’ve heard it proclaimed countless times from the podiums of alcoholics anonymous. Then there’s that interesting fellow who states “Recovered”. The audience’s eyes widen, some eyes roll, some look around the room and scoff but some smile as if they’ve been waiting for someone to proclaim the truth…But is it the truth? For my second blog post I will be uncovering the myth behind the question: Can someone who uses drugs and alcohol dependently truly be considered recovered?

Firstly lets examine the title page from the basic text of alcoholic’s anonymous, which reads “The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Woman Recovered from Alcoholism”. There it is, outlined so clearly that we could end the discussion here. All the chattering and misconceptions can now be put to a halt. Right? Surely there’s something deeper here that people are failing to see. So what does recovered mean in this context? Turn a few more pages to The First Edition’s foreword on page xiii and we’ll find exactly what we can be recovered from: “a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.”

Lets take a deeper look at this. We know that when the Big Book of Alcoholics anonymous discusses “mind and body” it is referencing the mental obsession: which occurs before and leads to the drink, and the Physical allergy: which is our bodily reaction or craving for more. Recovered from mind and body, that’s great news! So does that mean we can drink like gentleman?! No. Here in lies the great misconception. The good news isn’t that we are recovered and can now drink again, the good news truly is the spiritual experience as a result of being saved from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body which propels us to a new state of consciousness, new desires, a new life in which we no longer have to drink and use again. Our new hope becomes an all-loving God who calls us to share this experience.

Yes. The problem is also spiritual and that’s what we get to provide support for here at Genesis Recovery; one recovered addict helping another addict to recover. So how do you know when you’ve recovered? Truly you will see the answer in the fruit that your life bears. We who have walked the treacherous and weary road of addiction have often come from the lowest points of desperation to a crumbling fall and cry for help. Addiction isn’t pretty by any means but when we look at the result of a life lived in recovery and service to others we see someone who has not only recovered…but someone who has been transformed.

So can someone who uses drugs and alcohol dependently truly be considered recovered? Yes but here at Genesis Recovery we not only consider ourselves recovered, but also “transformed”.

Alcohol Recovery California

The Illusion that Alcohol is Ok for a Drug Addict

By Amber Montgomery

Time and time again I hear people saying, “well he/she has a drug problem, but I’m sure they can have a drink every now and then”, or “I had a problem with drugs, not alcohol.” This is a scary and slippery slope. I feel it is very important for the individual seeking treatment, as well as their friends and family to have a clear understanding of why it is so much safer to be completely abstinent from all substances, including alcohol.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.” This in fact, is something I have experienced personally. At 22 years old I had been addicted to heroin and meth for several years. I hit an emotional rock bottom that led me desperate for help and eventually led me to a faith based program where I was shown a new way of life. For the year and a half that I stayed sober, the thought of permanent sobriety filled me with fear and clung to my thoughts and actions like that little red devil you see on the shoulder of a TV actor torn between the “good angel” and the “bad devil”. Eventually the bad devil won. For a month I drank casually, like a lady. I was so proud, and made sure to let everyone know how “well I was doing.” Such times don’t last long for someone like myself whose body and mind is telling them repeatedly that alcohol isn’t cutting it, but a combination of heroin and meth should do the trick. Life got bad, fast. Things got ugly, fast. And I knew that God had something much better in store for me, should I choose to seek it.

Some say that they are grateful for their relapse, or it was exactly what they needed. And unfortunately I can relate. Today I have no reservation that I can drink the way non-alcoholic people drink. As a part of my testimony, I stress the illusion that I faced and how it ended up in less than a month’s time.

Sobriety offers hope, the ability to dream, love, laugh, grow, struggle, opportunity, fellowship, families reunited, and the list goes on. I pray for all who are struggling with addiction, and those who are sober struggling with thoughts from the dark side. I will take good health and a tight relationship with God over a happy hour margarita any day.

Drug Counseling Center California

More than Addiction…

By Carl Culver

The problem is sin. If you made it past the first sentence congratulations. Rest that this will not be a sermon. The clinical staff at Genesis Recovery would like to share with you some of the life lessons we have learned in our more than 50 years of sobriety and practice. What separates us, we believe, is our desire to merge clinical, spiritual and 12 steps in one curriculum. Most addiction counselors, and those in 12 step programs, understand that the problem of addiction goes deeper than just the drugs and alcohol. It even goes deeper than the issues we develop from our family of origin.

The problem is sin! What we cannot see in this world is the spiritual battle that rages just beyond this physical realm in which we reside. Being part of a faith-based treatment center we at Genesis, have the privilege, and frustration, of seeing the battle of addiction for what it is: a daily spiritual battle that goes on for a man’s (and woman’s) soul. Of course, we, the clinical staff at Genesis, understand the need to deal with issues such as grief and loss, codependency, the trauma that accompanies emotional, physical and sexual abuse, as well as dual diagnoses; but if you get right down to it, the problem is sin. Since man (and woman) decided to question God’s will for their lives, we, as a people, have fallen short of the glory that God has for our lives. This ‘falling short’ and its effects have been passed down from generation to generation. Exodus 20:5 discusses how the consequences of sin, specifically fathers and mothers turning away from God, will be visited down to the 3rd and 4th generation.

This may sound harsh, but it is a consequence of sin in the world and it is something that we see daily. My father’s father was an alcoholic as was my father. It should not come as a surprise that I became an alcoholic and addict. My father neglected his duty as a father as did his father. We, as children, model what is modeled for us.

Thankfully, our God is a loving God who is always ready to break the cycle of sin, and thus addiction, if we turn to him and ask for His forgiveness. Of course, after receiving forgiveness, sobriety requires certain steps of action, which is where the 12 steps come in. At Genesis Recovery, our highly trained staff takes the 12 steps and with them combines them with clinical treatment and faith to provide the most comprehensive foundation for success.

At Genesis Recovery, we believe in our Residents working the 12 step program, we understand the need to navigate the mental health issues clinically, but ultimately we recognize that the root is sin and that it is God who is going to provide the sobriety. And He does!!

Addiction Help California

5 Stages of Bruce Tuckman’s Theory

By Naveed Etamdipour

Here at Genesis Recovery, groups are a pivotal part of growth and change within an individual and as a community. For my first blog post I would like to explain the five stages of Bruce Tuckman’s theory which are categorized by various traits ranging from the beginning of an individual’s exposure to a group, all the way to a leadership role that an individual takes on. These stages can even be applied to group formation in social circles out in our community or growing experiences in everyday life. In this blog post I will discuss Bruce Tuckman’s five stages of Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning, while also giving feedback of my own personal reactions and opinions to this model.

Tuckman’s first of five stages begins with “Forming” in this stage the group is essentially starting up, or meeting for the first time. Forming is explained to be somewhat of a honeymoon stage in which members are fairly polite, individualized, and often very much excited about what is yet to come. Here in the first stage the leader or facilitator plays a more superior role as other members of the group may be unclear of their responsibilities to the group.

The second stage or phase of change within the group is called “Storming.” Here in this stage the honeymoon tends to clear away and real work begins to set in. Members of the group argue for their position as responsibilities are clarified by the facilitator. Conflict is foreseeable here in this stage because of member’s differences in personality and roles assigned. Here at this stage is where the Counselor’s must resolve conflict by engaging the group members in understanding the great importance of working with one another. A counselor’s role is pertinent here especially in a spiritually therapeutic environment such as Genesis Recovery. Members must learn to set aside their differences and assume a brotherly role from a place of care and concern. Depending on the maturity of the group, the Storming stage may last for several weeks and in order for the group to transition successfully into Norming, members must align themselves with a conjoined effort towards achieving the main tasks at hand: a clinical approach which involves learning about the nature of addiction from the perspective of various models of treatment. A spiritual approach which enables members to express their faith and teachings of the bible to their recovery and a 12- step approach which allows members to thoroughly work through the wreckage of their past as well as strengthening a relationship with the Creator.

Next, emotional conflict is reduced and Group members begin to share a new found focus. Conflict is resolved with compromise and criticisms become constructive within the group. Here most individualistic and independent attitudes are placed aside with group effort and motivation becoming the key to proceeding to the next stage of development. The members begin to respect one another and also the facilitator.

Hard work reaches progress of the main goals and tasks of the group in this fourth stage of performing. The group becomes a team in which the leader can delegate roles and responsibilities without conflict, members are able to leave the team without cause the stages to shift or lapse. The leader is now able to work comfortably on other goals without having to put as much pressure on the group as was before. The group is now in an optimal state acting as one, clearly more positive cohesive and mature than when the group first started.

The Last and final stage was added in 1975 by Bruce Tuckman ten years after the initial four stages. The end of the group also referred to as the Mourning or Adjourning stage is seen to be a bittersweet accomplishment by many of the groups members. Members may share their experience of the process with one another and share with each other the insight and hope they have acquired throughout the experience. Positive accomplishments are celebrated and many of the team members continue relationships long after the group adjourns.

I fully agree with and believe Tuckman’s Theory of Group Development because I have first handedly experienced these stages myself. I also believe that the concepts in this theory can be applied to everyday life whether it is within work, school, or any group conscious or unconscious of the phases in this theory. When I first read a brief summary of Bruce Tuckman’s stages of change my immediate reaction was that I had previously experienced these stages first hand myself throughout my own treatment experience. Although these stages apply to the way dynamics of a group come to bloom, it can also apply to the stages in a process such as the treatment experience. I can recall the honeymoon feeling of the forming stage, independent and watching others from the sidelines while remaining reserved about the main goal in mind which was sobriety and a relationship with God. As time went on I was given a role in the community and often argued certain rules and became defiant to change. After overcoming my storming phase of treatment I began to buy into the program, accepting the tasks that were being offered to me. I began to experience a positive attitude and a motivation for more status within the community, and this positivity led me to becoming a leader in the community both in treatment and out in the community of my city of San Diego. Today I often ask myself at whatever season of life I find myself in… “What stage am I in?” or better yet paying very close attention to the stages to come.

ABOUT GENESIS RECOVERY

Genesis Recovery San Diego is a state licensed, non­profit, faith­-based, 12­-Step, drug and alcohol treatment program devoted to restoring the lives of men afflicted with the disease of addiction. Our long term, highly structured, zero ­tolerance, addiction recovery program fosters individual spiritual growth and lasting recovery from problematic drug and alcohol use through the implementation of our Spiritually Therapeutic Treatment Approach.