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My Way Wasn't Working

Share Your Story: What I Learned in Rehab

By terridacktill

Updated November 01, 2009

How long were you in rehab?

Eight weeks, including two in detox hospital and six inpatient / residential without leaving until staff said I could go home. I also did 90 meetings in 90 days and still attend AA on a weekly or more basis - as needed.

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

I accepted that doing things my way wasn't working. I began to listen. and I mean really listen. Sometimes I would have to focus on every word said. The other addicts were not always making sense and sometimes hitting me right where I need to feel it. Believe me I hadn't felt anything for along time! "Big jim" said you've been making a cake the same way for 30 years and it hasn't worked. ie; the definition of insanity is the same thing over and over again. Sounds simple but it hit me that I had destroyed everything and everyone around me including myself. On my last drunk I found myself hitting my 70 year-old-mother in the back of the head with my palm because she was so stupid. And she was the last person left I knew who would even let me speak to her. I've been completely clean 8 1/2 years. I now feel, I cry, I really laugh and I listen. I love my family again and thank god they never stopped loving me.


  • It's not about stopping, stopping is hard at first because it's all you know but after some clarity reaches that soggy brain.
  • You will get a bigger HIGH from life and feeling and remembering you moments - good and bad..

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