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They Gave Me Tools I Still Use Today

Share Your Story: What I Learned in Rehab

By cortney ranger

Updated January 20, 2011

How long were you in rehab?

I was in rehab for almost two and a half years and it was honestly the best thing that could of ever happen to me!

What was the most helpful feature of rehab?

Growing up for me was like living by myself. As a child I had no real honest structure. Parents were both on drugs and grandma was my hide out away from drama. I was a pest in school until the 6th grade, did good until I graduated and then went bad in junior high again. So basically I was a lost child with no direction. Walking into rehab I was scared and lost as always. People surrounded me with questions and I didn't know what to say, 5 minutes later we go into this thing called group intro. Everyone introduced themselves then it came my turn. Honestly I lit up red as a an apple. I had no social skills from basically being alone my whole childhood. They also had me wearing a yellow sweat outfit looking like a banana. Broke me out of my shell instantly but now as I think about it, it was the best way to go about it. After making friends I started to trust the program. I will let you know I wasn't the easiest cookie to deal with. But they never gave up they honestly became my family. They showed me how to love people and even though I had been hurt to not give up on others also! When I had no faith they carried me until I did! They provided therapy and I worked on my emotions, family issues, personal issues and we even did family therapy! They do this group called confro, man it's heavy but helps dramatically. It taught me how to stand up for myself respectfully and to take constructive criticism. The program has different levels you can reach if you try to earn it. Work the steps, following the rules and be a leader and eventually I did all those.

Advice

  • I would honestly say juvenile rehab would be your best option! It's been years since I've graduated and the tools they taught me I am still using till this day. It was a blessing. I owe them a lot and miss everything about it. They gave me a life I never had and will never forget! Probation told me my time was up and they still offered me my spot for free! Tell me that's not family?
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