A Forever Recovery is an outpatient rehab/treatment center for Native Americans. We are based in Battle Creek, Michigan. Our focus is on residential addiction treatment and we further specialize in the provision dual diagnosis treatment and a faith-based recovery program.
When I went to A Forever Recovery, I was this weird mix of wanting to get sober and start a new life, and not actually believing that I could do it. AFR is the first rehab I went to where I wanted to get sober and learn how to live my life without drugs. I know the fact that I did want to get sober helped me a lot because it made me more receptive to the program and made doing the work on my program more important to me. At AFR, I learned how to navigate my life and the choice I make so I don’t fall back into old habits and because I’m still using the tools I learned at AFR, I’m still sober today.
I finished my program at AFR 6 months ago and while I am still sober, I’m also stable. I learned so much about myself going through this program. I learned why I’d been making the choices I’d been making the choices I’d been making, I learned how to spot when things were getting harder in my life and how to take a step back and deal with it without going back to using drugs. It can be hard to stay sober after rehab. For me, it was because whenever I had a bad day, I knew that if I used something, I wouldn’t care anymore, and it can be hard to deal with something instead of taking that easy out. So, I learned how to deal with things before they got to that point.
While I was going through my program, I decided that I didn’t want to go home to my parent’s house. With what I learned at AFR I could have gone home and stayed sober but, because I had family in Colorado, I decided that while I could go home it would be better for me to start anew somewhere else. I’ve always had a hard time asking for help, I always felt like if I asked for help, I was failing at whatever it was. So, I’d try to do everything on my own and I’d fail anyways. When I was going through my program, I realized that staying sober was going to be easier the bigger my support system was and that, in this, asking for help wasn’t me failing but, getting the support I needed. So, I asked my aunt and uncle for their help in relocating to Colorado and they’ve been amazing. My parents were happy with my decision to move away from them because they knew that it meant I had a better chance to stay sober. Since graduating from AFR and moving to Colorado, I’ve been doing really well. I have a job now. My uncle helped me get it and I started work 5 days after arriving in Colorado.
Since starting there I haven’t missed a day of work and I haven’t been late or done anything to mess it up for myself. 6 months of not messing something up is a record for me, by a lot. I’m paying my own bills and doing everything else that comes with being an adult. Like I said before, I’m stable now. Before going to AFR I wouldn’t have ever imagined my life like this. Before my program I was sure that I was a drug addict, that I’d always be a drug addict and that I’d never beat my addiction. I was ready for a fresh start and I wanted a fresh start, I just didn’t think I’d ever really have it. Being around the people at AFR helped me to see that even though my life had been completely messed up by my drug addiction, I could change that and get my life back.
The counselors were a lot of help while I was there. Sometimes, it was having someone to talk to or help working through some issue I was having. Sometimes, it was them calling me on my rubbish and not getting away with something, making sure I was doing everything the right way and with the right attitude. They made sure that nothing, not even me, could or would hinder my recovery. I’m really grateful for the time I spent at AFR. Because of my time there, I’m healthy, sober and stable. I would recommend AFR to anyone who needs help with addiction.
Going to A Forever Recovery was the most beneficial experience of my life. I started using opiates when I was 19. It started with pain pills, moved to heroin, I added Xanax to it and by that point I’d take just about anything I could get my hands on. When I was 23 my convinced me to get help, they’d found a rehab and I agreed to go. At that rehab I put on Suboxone to help me through the detox and was weaned off the Suboxone. At that time Suboxone felt like a miracle drug to me. I felt normal and I didn’t have the urge to use. So, when I finished that rehab and relapsed, I went to a doctor and asked to be put on Suboxone. Which I stayed on for 4 years and in those 4 years my life drastically improved. By taking Suboxone things were almost normal in my life again. I was working and had a steady job; I could go out with friends without the worry that I’d end up using. I couldn’t stay on Suboxone forever though and after 4 years of it I decided that it was time for me to get off. Which was extremely hard for me. I thought because I was coming off Suboxone and it was also a really small dose of Suboxone that it would be easier for me to get through the withdrawals. It definitely wasn’t and I ended up taking Percocet, trying to ease the withdrawal symptoms. My reasoning for taking Percocet is the fact that Percocet has a much shorter half-life than Suboxone does. I ended up right back where I started, addicted to pain pills. I started researching rehab centers and when I found A Forever Recovery, I asked my parents to help me get into the program. Going to AFR wasn’t easy but, I was determined to get my life back and I felt that AFR was the best chance I had for that. The staff at AFR helped me a lot. It was hard, especially in the beginning. Most drug addicts are very good at manipulating people and situations to get their way and I was no different. The staff at AFR didn’t allow any of that. Plus, there are staff at AFR that have gone through the program themselves, so they really knew when I was trying to manipulate them because they’d have done the same thing. I needed that, needed people who didn’t allow me to get away with anything. My parents knew I was on Suboxone, they knew that it wasn’t good for me to be on it for that long but, I’d convinced them that rehab wouldn’t work and that it was either me staying on Suboxone or going back to heroin. So, they paid for my Suboxone and doctor appointments. Hell, when I was trying to get off Suboxone by myself, the Percocet that I took came from my parents. They knew that it was wrong but, it goes to show you just how manipulative a drug addict can be. The approach that AFR takes with rehabilitation made a big difference for me. The different programs they have meant that I wasn’t taking the same cookie cutter approach to treatment as everyone else. The counselors at AFR help me find the right program for me, the one that would help me the most and that was the SMART program. Which has been amazingly helpful. I’ve changed so much since going to AFR. I went there in November of 2018 and stayed there for just over 10 weeks. I got home in January and I’ve stayed sober. It wasn’t exactly fun to stay at AFR through Thanksgiving and Christmas, the staff worked hard to make sure the holidays were as nice as they could be, and I spent the holidays with good friends instead of family but, it’s not the same as Christmas with your parents. It was worth it though. My parents have always allowed me home for the holidays whether I was using or not but, this will be the first time I’ll be completely sober with my parents for Christmas since I was 19. I can’t thank the staff enough for what they’ve helped me achieve. I have over 12 months sober and it’s because of the hard work that the staff at AFR made sure that I did. Going to AFR wasn’t easy, really it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m so glad I did it though, it was worth it.
When I sent my daughter to A Forever Recovery, I hoped that it was as good as the reviews I had read made it out to be. I prayed that this rehab would be able to help my daughter. My daughter started heroin 10 years ago. When she first started using, things got bad so much faster than I could have ever anticipated. It takes almost no time for someone to become addicted to opiates and I saw that firsthand with my daughter.
For these last 10 years, her dad and I have sent to rehab after rehab. We’ve sent her to so many rehabs that going to rehab became somewhat of a joke to her. That’s not exactly right. After the first few rehabs didn’t work, she started taking rehab less and less seriously and for the last few rehabs she went to, she was only going to humor her dad and me. Meanwhile, her dad and I were devasted after each relapse.
I was impressed with AFR from the beginning. I wasn’t sure how effective AFR would be but, I still wanted my daughter to go there because AFR is the first place I have found that didn’t treat drug addiction and rehabilitation the same way every other place treated it. That difference made me unsure whether it would be better or worse but, I hoped it would be better. It was refreshing to talk to someone so honest and earnest about helping my daughter. Once I made the decision to send my daughter there, they helped me get everything set up so that as soon as I had her agreement to go, it would just be a matter of dropping her off and she wouldn’t have time to change her mind. Which anyone who’s tried to get someone into rehab knows is important. A drug addict can and will change their mind about going to rehab very quickly.
AFR is only a few hours away from us so I drove my daughter. When I dropped her off I was impressed with the care they showed towards my daughter. Through all these years, my daughter has wanted to get clean. She just stopped believing that any rehab could help her and so stopped putting in the effort into the programs. Everything started differently at AFR because they made sure that it would. Before she even started detoxing, when they were checking her in, they talked with her, explained the program and what she’d be doing there. They told her all the ways that it would be different there and they got her to agree to put a real effort into her program.
The staff were very patient with her during her program. They understood her reluctance to opening up with them right off the bat and they worked with her until she felt comfortable enough to open up. They helped my daughter to become a better person. She learned how to live without using drugs as a crutch when things didn’t go her way. She learned all this because the program she was doing was a program that interested her, and she could understand the philosophy behind it.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking at, talking to and getting my daughter into different rehabs. A Forever Recovery has the best collection of staff that I’ve ever come across. The difference in how AFR is run and the people there made all the difference in my daughter’s recovery.
When my daughter came home, she did so with a confidence in herself that I hadn’t seen since before she ever touched a drug. My daughter made amazing progress while she was at AFR and since coming home, she hasn’t slowed down at all. She’s using what she learned at AFR to make a better life and a better future for herself.
Before sending my daughter to AFR, I knew that if she didn’t stop using soon, she wouldn’t be alive for much longer. I sent her to AFR in desperation because it was different. I hoped that going there would help her and I feared what would happen to her if they couldn’t. Now though, now because of AFR I have my daughter back, and she’s back in a way that I didn’t think was possible.
I’ve been to 3 other rehabs and a detox before going to A Forever Recovery. AFR is the first and only place that was able me with my addiction. When I was 16, I started smoking weed and I was fine and would’ve stayed fine but I started trying other drugs and when I tried pain pills I feel in love with them. As horrible as that sounds and as horrible as that is, it’s true. For a while I was able to sort of regulate how much I was taking. In the beginning I kept myself to using only sometimes but eventually I was using daily and completely dependent.
The first time I tried to get sober I went to a detox. I had hoped it’d be enough. That once I was completely sober and through detox, I’d have the willpower to stay away from pills. While I was at that detox, they gave me Suboxone, which was great and super helpful while I was on it. As I was weaned off the Suboxone though, the cravings started coming back and after I was weaned off the Suboxone the cravings were beyond intense. When I finished detox and left, I barely made it out of the parking lot before I’d taken something.
After that, I started going to rehabs. Thinking that being off the pills for a longer amount of time would help. I hated going to rehab. Every place I went to was wrong for me. I didn’t like the programs or the people working at them and it was hard to stay and finish a program. I would because my parents would convince to give it more time, but they didn’t help.
After the third rehab my parents found A Forever Recovery but, when they first brought it up to me, I was willing to go. I know that it takes some people a while to get clean but, for whatever reason I thought I’d be fine after the first rehab, which admittedly is pretty conceited. Either way, after the third rehab didn’t help me, I became depressed and I hated the idea of going back to rehab to try again. I did like the sound of AFR but, didn’t want to go. Until I got a horrible wake-up call. I found out that a friend of mine was in a coma after overdosing and that terrified me. So, I agreed to go to AFR.
My parents had chosen AFR because of the different program available there. Since I’d been to a few different programs without any kind of improvement my parents felt that having different options would help me. Which it did. I found a program that I liked, that felt right to me and that changed everything.
It was more than just that program I did that made AFR such a good place for me. While I was at AFR it wasn’t just about dealing with my addiction. I also learned a lot about who I was, what kind of life I wanted to live, and I started working to get every part of my life back on track and where I want it to be.
The staff helped me a lot with my parents too. I always had a hard time talking to my parents because I could never explain things the right way. I knew that they didn’t completely understand me and what I was going through because I wasn’t doing a great job in explaining things. The staff at AFR helped my parents understand what I was currently dealing with, why I was having a hard time and what they could expect throughout my program and when I got home. Since coming back home my parents have been a huge help and that’s because of the staff helping me talk to them. Because of the talks they had with the staff and because of the help I got in talking to my parents, I was able to talk to them about it and because they did understand, they helped me to stay sober.
While I was at AFR I learned so much. I learned how to handle myself in any situation so I can sober and right now I feel good and in control of my life. I’m still sober because of everything I learned at AFR and the support system they helped me create.
My parents talked me into going to A Forever Recovery 8 months ago and it ended up being the best thing I could’ve done. My parents have helped me get into rehab many times over the years and it’s always amazed me that no matter how much I put them through, and I put them through more than any sane person would put up with, they have always supported and helped me by getting me treatment for my drug addiction.
I’ve been trying to get sober since I started using drugs so I’ve been to rehab many, many times. Sometimes those rehabs helped me and sometimes they didn’t help at all. In the beginning I as more optimistic about my recovery. I’d be upset when I relapsed but I didn’t have a problem with tying again. As time went on, every time I went to rehab only to relapse, it just because another failure of mine and eventually I stopped wanting to even try. By the time my parents found AFR I had no interest in going to rehab. I didn’t want my parents wasting any more money on me. I was at a point in my life where I just wanted to give up. I wasn’t exactly suicidal but the way the my life had been going I wasn’t that far off from wanting to die. So, when my parents told me about AFR and asked me to go I told them I had no interest in going there.
They were persistent though and eventually I agreed to go. I didn’t agree because I thought AFR would help me. I went because I was hoping that when it didn’t work my parents would finally realize that I was a lost cause and would stop trying to get me help. I got to AFR 8 months and I really did love it there. It was surprising to me how easy it was to be there. The staff working in detox were amazing which made detoxing so much easier.
Most people who work at a drug rehab, they do it because they want to help people. Which is commendable but, the problem I’ve always had is that because they have no experience with drugs themselves it creates a divide. At least it always felt that way to me. At AFR they have staff who have been addicted to drugs and they do have that experience so that divide wasn’t there. Having someone to talk to who’d been through it too and knew what I was going through made a huge difference for me. It always helped open my eyes to the fact that being there could actually help me.
They have the SMART program at AFR and it’s the first time I’ve done that program. They do offer other programs at AFR but, I’ve done enough 12-step programs to know that they don’t work for me. I was also really interested in the SMART program and it’s one of the best things about AFR. Not just the program itself but the fact that they have different programs there so I was able to do one that interested me.
Another thing that really helped was that I stayed at AFR for 2 months. I have done longer programs in the past and still relapsed right after. The combination of the program, the amount of time I stayed there and the staff working there, it made going to AFR the best experience I’ve had while working on my sobriety.
It amazes me how much going to AFR helped me. I went there 8 months ago, stayed for 2 and came home 6 months ago and I’m still sober. Since coming home I haven’t touched any kind of substance at all. It’s easy enough to stay sober at rehab. There’s nothing there to tempt or distract you. So when you have a craving at rehab it’s not that hard to push it aside on concentrate on your program. When you get home however, that’s when having a craving is a lot harder to deal with. Learning how to deal with it and not give in was one of the things I learned during my program and it’s a big reason why I’m still sober.
I had been using heroin for 9 years when my dad had his heart attack 5 years ago. He was fine but needed surgery. When I went to visit him in the hospital after he begged me to get help. My dad told me that he didn’t want to die before me and that when he did die he wanted to know that I was sober and that I’d be okay. His heart attack also made me realize that I didn’t have forever to fix things between us, that if I wanted a relationship with him again I needed to get clean.
I went to A Forever Recovery and did a program there. After graduating from AFR I stayed sober for 6 months. It wasn’t easy for me to stay sober that long and I eventually relapsed. I hid it from my dad for a few months but couldn’t hide it forever. He confronted me about it and we talked. He and I agreed that I’d go back to rehab and he found a place that he thought would help me. He wanted me to try a different rehab than AFR because I had relapsed after my program and he was hoping a different rehab would be able to do more for me. That didn’t happen and I relapsed after that rehab and 2 more before my dad and I thought going back to AFR was my best option.
There were 2 years between the first time I went to AFR and the second time I went there. I was nervous about going back there, nervous that it’d be weird or that the staff would be disappointed in me for relapsing. It wasn’t like that at all though. They have staff working at AFR who have dealt with addiction themselves and the ones working there who weren’t addicts themselves have been around addicts and rehabs enough to have a really good understanding of it.
It felt right to be back at AFR. There’s so much about the staff working there who made going back there easy. I got along with the staff and the other clients and I didn’t have any problems with staying at AFR for however long I needed to be there. The counselors at AFR will push you to work really hard on your program. During the free-time however the staff do a lot to make sure everyone is happy and having a good time. They’d plan activities to do there or outings for the clients and I always had a good time during them.
Going through the program, it was nice to have people who understood me that much. I could talk to my counselor about anything without getting embarrassed and whenever my counselor talked to me or gave me advice about something I listened because I knew it was coming from experience and that he was just repeating something he’d read in a book.
I got so much out of doing my second program at AFR. By the time I graduated I understood so much about myself. I knew what I could handle being around and what I couldn’t handle yet. When I finished my program at AFR I was more determined than ever to stay clean and the tools I got from doing my program made it possible for me.
My counselor at AFR also did a lot to help me with my dad and our relationship. He talked to my dad a lot while I was doing my program, kept my dad updated on where I was in my program and what I was currently working on. Also on how I was doing emotionally. My counselor did a lot to help my dad understand me and my addiction much better and he worked with the two of us, helping us communicate better and helping us to start repairing our relationship.
I graduated from AFR 18 months ago and I’m still sober. I love it. I love being sober, I love how much my life has improved. My dad and I are closer than ever and he’s become the person I talk to when I need help with staying sober. With my dad’s better understanding of addiction he’s been a huge help whenever I’m having a tough time with something. It’s really nice to have that support and I have it because of the work I did at AFR with him.
I was speaking with my aftercare specialist from A Forever Recovery the other day and she asked that I write a few reviews online for the center. I don’t talk to her that much anymore because I’ve been sober for 2 years now and don’t need to. That’s 2 years of sobriety, 2 years of having control over my life, 2 years of not hurting and disappointing those around me. I can’t even start to explain how awesome that is.
When I went into the program at AFR I did want to get clean. I had struggled with my addiction for years and it didn’t matter what rehab I went into, what program I tried, it wasn’t enough. I had a 6 month hurdle that I couldn’t ever get past. I never could stay clean for longer than 6 months. Which sucks.
I had used heroin for 10 years and before I went to AFR I had been averaging 2 rehabs a year. By the time I turned 30 I’d been to over 20 rehabs and every single person in my life was suffering because of me. My parents were miserable. My sister had been engaged for years without planning her wedding because she was afraid I’d show up high and I hadn’t talked to my brother in over 3 years. Even with knowing how much I was hurting the people I loved I kept messing up their lives because I could not stay sober.
The last few rehabs before AFR my parents didn’t send me to them with the hope of me staying sober after. Sure, they wanted that. We all did but at that point they were sending me to rehabs because when I was in them they knew where I was and that I wasn’t in any trouble. They were worried about getting that call from the cops telling them I’d been found dead because I’d overdosed. To be honest, before going to AFR that how I thought I’d die. I didn’t want to but after 10 years of using heroin it was a surprise that I wasn’t dead.
That’s the main reason I went to AFR. To keep me out of trouble. Of course we all hoped that every rehab I went to would be the magical, special, miracle place that would help me stay sober but, we weren’t expecting it and that is what AFR is to me. A miracle place that saved my life.
The reason AFR was so different for me was the staff working there. After so many rehabs I’d gotten lazy with doing programs. I didn’t expect them to work so didn’t try to get it right. The staff at AFR didn’t allow that. They were hard on me and they made sure that each step of the program was done right so I could get the most out of it.
The dedication and the commitment that the staff at AFR have towards the clients and their sobriety is something I hadn’t experienced before. Every staff member was invested in every client. They wanted all of us to be able to stay sober when we got home.
They made sure I did my program right and when I graduated and went home I was terrified. I was so scared of messing it all up that I called my aftercare specialist almost daily. She helped me a lot as well. Every snag, every hiccup I had, every problem I faced, I called her and she helped me through it. Every time I was having trouble dealing with something I called her and her always being there and able to talk to me is a big reason for my sobriety today.
A lot of my continued sobriety is because of the staff who made sure I did my program right and a lot of my sobriety is because of my aftercare specialist who helped me when I got home. All of my sobriety is because of the staff at AFR. Going to AFR saved my life. It’s not hard to imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t gone to AFR. Most likely I’d be dead. Not only am I alive because of the help I got at AFR I have a good, happy life because of it too.
It’s been almost 10 years since my brother started using cocaine. His usage got really bad 2 ½ years year ago. Before that he would only binge on cocaine over a weekend or whenever he was on holiday. Because of that his work didn’t suffer. He had no problem keeping his job, his every cent didn’t go towards his addiction so he had his own place and paid his bills. He also never thought he needed to go to rehab.
Because he had this semblance of a normal life, he was able to convince our parents that he was doing okay, that he wasn’t addicted to cocaine, that he didn’t use as much as I was constantly trying to convince our parents that he was.
6 months after he started using daily he was arrested. Which was a good thing. At least to me it was. It finally convinced him and our parents that he did need help. So when he called from jail I talked to our parents about it and they agreed to bail him out as long as he went to rehab straight from jail. Which he did.
For the next 1 ½ years he was in and out of rehabs. He’d check himself in, do good while he was there and then a week or two after finishing his program he’d go back to using. Before going to AFR he went to 5 rehabs in a 2 year period and he wasn’t getting any better.
Then, our parents found A Forever Recovery and it was such a good find. When the showed me the facility website and explained why AFR was different from the other program he’d been to I became really excited about his going there. I had initially thought that the first rehab my brother had got to would change everything. That he’d go to that one program and he’d have no problem staying sober. After the 5th program he went to I started thinking that nothing was going help.
We started talking to my brother about AFR and what made this place different from the other rehabs. That his going to AFR was going to give him the ability to choose his own program. That he’d have people working there with him who understood drug addiction very well. Not because they’d gone to school and had been working in the addiction field but because they had their own history with addiction.
5 months ago, he agreed to go to AFR and from the beginning he seemed to get better. Because he had those staff members who understood him that well, he was more willing to talk about his problems and experiences while using. He wasn’t worried that he’d be silently judged about whatever he’d done while high.
He did great there too. Since his arrest he’s been trying, I know that. The desire to stay clean and sober was there but the ability wasn’t. At AFR he learned so much and he got the tools he needed to stay clean and sober.
He’s been home for 3 months and he’s still sober. Which is a feat, this is the longest he’s stayed sober since the first time he used cocaine almost 10 years ago. Now, for the first time in 10 years, he’s not pretending that he’s doing okay, not lying about being sober when he isn’t. Going to AFR changed his life and it’s made our whole family’s lives easier because he’s constantly doing better and is in better control over his own life.
My parents and I picked A Forever Recovery for me because they offer the SMART Recovery program. They offer other programs but, that the one I was interested in. The SMART program was I program I hadn’t done before and both my parents and I were hoping it would help where other programs hadn’t.
Going through the SMART program changed the way I looked at addiction and recovery. It changed how I looked at myself and my drug usage. The SMART program worked for me so well because it isn’t “you’re an addict and you’ll always be an addict” the view it takes is that you have addictive behavior and your behavior is something you can work to change.
While I went through this program I learned how to identify my triggers. I figured out which triggers were riskier than others, which I needed to avoid and which ones I wouldn’t be able to avoid and then how to handle each situation correctly. Avoiding triggers could be as easy as driving a different way home. Or it can be more complicated and it takes practice to handle yourself correctly is those situations. They use role-playing as a way to practice and it was nice that it was taken seriously. It could have become something the clients joked through quite easily but, the staff made sure we took it seriously so that when we got home we were able to handle ourselves.
You also figure out ways to distract yourself from your cravings. It’s understood that just because you’ve gone through rehab the urge to use doesn’t just go away. You have to figure out how to handle it when you are having a craving. In the beginning it’s distracting yourself from those urges. Every time I wanted to use I’d go for a run or I’d start drawing and it worked well as a distractions. As time has gone on those urges seem to get milder and easier to ignore.
Before I went to AFR I’d used pills for 10 years. So, I’ve been to a few programs. The longest I ever managed to stay clean was 6 months and it was a brutal 6 months. I was miserable. Kept having these cravings that I’d grit my teeth through and they seemed to get worse the longer I went without using. I know that it was all mental but, in the moment that doesn’t really matter. It’s awful and eventually I gave in.
Getting home this time it wasn’t like that. It’s become easier for me, not harder. Going through the program at AFR I felt like I wasn’t fighting just to not get worse, I was fighting and working so hard to get better. Doing the SMART program, one of the first things you do is take stock of your life. You look at where you are now compared to where you were before drugs. What you accomplished before having a habit and what’s you’ve accomplished since. It makes you worked harder and with specific goals to work towards while I was on my program, it gave me reasons to work even harder. Another thing is that the staff make it easier. They’re amazing, I got along with all my counselors and it was easy for me to listen to them. Their true understand of what I was dealing with made me more comfortable talking to and working with them.
Since going to AFR my life has become more balanced. It’s just one more thing that helps me stay clean. I’m so much healthier in body and mind. I’m not too proud to ask for help when I need it and since going to AFR things have steadily been getting better and better.
My son went to A Forever Recovery 8 months ago. It’s the only treatment center he’s been to or has needed to go to.
My son’s addiction to heroin started when he was 19. He met and started dating this girl who was using. I don’t think at the time they got together that she was using daily but, she was using and she’s the one who gave my kid heroin for the first time. I know it’s not completely her fault. I know that my son was a total and complete moron when he took it but, I just wish he hadn’t ever been in the position of saying yes or no to something as dangerous as heroin.
When my son got to the point where he was using daily, he had become a totally different person. He went from being social to being sullen and this girl was the only person he wanted to see. He went from being a pretty nice guy to being downright mean sometimes. He and I got in a really big argument in the beginning about the girl, his drug use, everything really and he left. Moved out of our house and in with his girlfriend.
I didn’t see him again for a year after that. When I did finally see him I was so happy. I thought he’d be asking for help and I could get him into treatment. He had wanted money. I tried to get him to agree to go to treatment and he tried to get some money out of me. Both of us left disappointed that day.
He had a bad scare 8 months ago. His girlfriend had overdosed and almost died. Which is when he called me and said he needed help. It wasn’t that he wanted to get sober exactly, he just didn’t want to die. I had found A Forever Recovery 4 months prior to that and had been talking to the intake counselor regularly about sending him there so it was easy getting him into the program.
There’s one thing I want to mention and that’s the intake counselor I spoke with for 4 months was amazing. He had no way of knowing if I would ever get my son into treatment there. Yet, he always took my calls and gave me great advice about dealing with drug addicts and ways to deal with my son specifically.
Now, because my son wasn’t completely on board with getting sober, when he was in the middle of his detox, he tried to leave. I spoke with him and he begged me to let him come home. He had all these grand promises of never using again and going to NA as soon as he got home. I had just got him in treatment for the first time though, there was no way I was helping him leave. He could have still left if he was determined enough. The counselors at AFR talked to him though and managed to convince him to stay. They did this 3 other times during his program.
One of the main reasons the staff were able to convince my son to stay was the fact that the ones doing the convincing had all dealt with addiction themselves. They knew what he was dealing with so completely that he listened to them more than he’d have listened to anyone else. 3 times during his program he tried to leave and each time they convinced him to stay.
My son has completed his program and he’s doing so much better. He’s happier now. He’s been talking to his friends from before he started using. He and the girl aren’t together anymore. So many things are going right for him now and he’s working really hard to keep it that way. With the help he got during his program and the help he gets from working with the aftercare specialist he’s been doing amazingly well.
I’ve given his ex-girlfriends parents all the info I have about AFR and I hope they send her there so she gets helped the same way my son did. They are such an amazing group of people and I am very happy A Forever Recovery exists and that I could send my son there.
Our daughter was addicted to methamphetamine and we sent her to A Forever Recovery for help. She’s been there twice now. The first time was 14 months ago. While there she did great and was doing well at home too. She stayed sober for 6 months before she relapsed. When that happened we sent her back to AFR because we knew how much going there worked for her the first time.
My husband and I were stunned when she told us that she was addicted to meth and that she needed help. When she told us how she became addicted to meth we were even more stunned. She was having trouble with some of her classes and one of her roommates gave her some Adderall to help her catch up with her studies. It did help her catch up with that class and so whenever she was having trouble she’d take an Adderall. Not from her roommate. She told us that it was pretty easy to find and buy whenever she wanted to take it. From there she would take it whenever she felt like it, not just to help her study and then someone gave her meth to try instead. Which is how she got hooked on meth.
Before all this, I was more or less ignorant about addiction and how to help her. Her dad’s the same and when we started looking into program we quickly realized just how little we knew. We ended calling a referral service which is how we found out about A Forever Recovery. What made us decide to send her there was that they have different programs just at that one rehab. Once she was through detox she’d be able to work with her counselor to find the best program for her. Which was very appealing to all of us.
We dropped her off and they handled her very well. I’m sure they have a lot of experience dealing with bratty 20 somethings who don’t want to be in rehab but, they got her settled quickly and made sure she understood everything that was going on and that she felt comfortable with it all. I went to visit her midway through her program and the differences were remarkable. She had gained all the weight back that she’d lost. Her face had cleared up. She looked so much happier and healthier. Seeing her smiling and enjoying life again was really great to see.
She was sober for 6 months before she needed to go back. Which isn’t a small thing. She was working and looking into different schools she could finish her degree at. I was upset when she relapsed. I had hoped it wouldn’t happen which is a bit naïve of me. It’s not really how addiction works. We sent her back to AFR and she got just as much or more out of the second program.
She’s back home again and I’ve been impressed with how much going back to AFR helped her. She’s working closer with the aftercare counselor this time. Dealing with any issues before they become something that makes her want to use again.
I really hope this was the last time she needs rehab. If not, she’ll go back to A Forever Recovery because we know how well they will take care of our daughter.
My addiction to prescription medication started slowly. I’ve had bad headaches for most of my life and until 5 years ago I always just dealt with them as best as I could. I never took anything stronger than an Advil to help with them. Then I was with my sister one day when I had a really bad one. She had been taking Vicodin for something and offered me one. I took it and it helped. A lot more than I thought it would. For the first time in forever I felt like I could function through a headache. After that I went to my doctor and got a prescription for myself. For over a year I took it the way I was supposed to. Never took more than I needed and I always followed the instructions on the bottle. 4 years ago, I had a week of headaches. It was awful and wasn’t something I had ever had happen before. I realized later that taking the Vicodin actually made it worse in the long run. After that I started taking more and more and I went to my doctor to get a stronger prescription. I hid it from my husband for a couple years. I might have been dependent on my prescription but I still did everything I had always done before. Still went to work, still cooked and cleaned so, he had no reason really to think anything was wrong. That changed as time went on and he realized something was going on when my sister’s husband told him that he was sending my sister to rehab. He told him some of the stuff that had been going on with my sister and my husband realized that he had been dealing with some of the same things. He asked me about it and I finally told him everything. We decided that I needed to go to rehab too and we started looking for places I could go. Neither of us wanted me to go to the same place as my sister. It wouldn’t have been a good idea for me or her so we looked for other places and came across A Forever Recovery. The facility’s in Michigan and we live in Arkansas so it wasn’t exactly around the corner but, it seemed like the best place for me, so that’s where I went. It really was perfect too. The staff are caring and understanding and yet they were completely relentless in making sure I understood and could apply each step of my program before allowing me to move on to the next step. They also worked with me throughout my program to find better ways to deal with my headaches so that by the time I left I had a workable solution and wouldn’t immediately use a Vicodin the first headache I had once I got home. They were wonderful about keeping my husband informed on my progress through the program, which is something I wanted. Plus, they helped him understand more what I was dealing with and how best to help me when I got home. Since getting home I’ve been sober and my husband and I are doing better than ever. I’m so grateful for the help I received at A Forever Recovery and for the support I’m still receiving from them. My sister relapsed a while ago and I knew exactly how to handle myself around her so I didn’t fall back into old habits. I can see in my sister where I could be if I hadn’t gone to AFR so I’m doubly happy that’s where I went.
When my parents told me that they were sending me to A Forever Recovery I was shocked. Beyond shocked really. I wasn’t actually addicted to anything. Not like I thought I could handle my addiction myself or thought it wasn’t as bad as it was. I honestly wasn’t addicted to anything. My whole drug history was using meth a couple times a week for a couple months. So, when my parents found some meth in a bag of mine I figured they’d ground me or something. I’m over at 18 but not by much and still living at home so I thought they’d do something like that or they’d take me to a few NA meetings and do some sort of scared straight thing. Never did I think that I’d be going to rehab but, they told me I had to go to rehab or I couldn’t live with them and they wouldn’t help me with my college education. So, I went to rehab. Honestly it was super embarrassing. I know it was a big deal and I’m not diminishing the fact that I was using meth at all. But, most of the people I was in rehab with had been using for years and had pretty bad habits. I didn’t even consider what I was using a habit and it had only been going on for a couple months. So being asked what my drug of choice was when I didn’t really have a drug of choice, being asked how long I’d been using or how what kind of habit I had, I was embarrassed that my parents even sent me there at all. I did finally get over it though and once I did I was able to see that it really didn’t matter how much or little of a habit I had. I might not have been some hardcore junkie but I had developed some awful habits and I knew they’d only get worse if I didn’t do anything to change. When I first got to AFR I didn’t think they’d be able to help me, I didn’t even think I needed any help. It was good for me though. AFR really wasn’t a bad place, it was actually much nicer than I would have thought rehab would be like. There’s also some really decent people working there and the program I did could be applied to any sort of addictive behavior, which helped a lot. The staff were cool. They didn’t try to convince me that I was a drug addict or that my problem was bigger than it was. Instead they understood my history and worked with me to help me figure out why I had started using at all and then helped me deal with those reasons so I didn’t have any reason to want to use anymore. I was at AFR for a month. Other clients were at AFR for longer but the way AFR works is that you’re there for as long or as short of a time as you need. Which is good, I would have hated being in rehab for 6 months for the kind of drug use I had going on. Now that I’ve been to AFR and done my program there I’m glad my parents were so adamant about sending me there. If I hadn’t gone it’s possible I’d have gotten my stuff together by myself but with having gone there I now know there isn’t any possibility of that happening.
I‘m truly pleased with how well A Forever Recovery handled helping my son with his addictions. He was addicted to crack cocaine and heroin and had been using both for many years. For all those years we’ve tried to help him but it never worked. For the most part he refused to get help. The few times he did agree to go to rehab he seemed to change his mind when he got there and wouldn’t do anything to help himself. Just bided his time until they sent him home. What finally convinced him that he needed to get help was watching his best friend overdose in front of him. It scared him enough that he finally agreed to go to treatment and that while he was there he would actually try. I found A Forever Recovery and right away I felt that it was going to be a good place for him. I liked that he wouldn’t be given anymore drugs there. That when he got home he would be off everything. I didn’t want him coming home off heroin and crack but be on some psychiatric medication instead. I love the staff at AFR. There are some amazing people working there. There’s a lot of staff there who have dealt with addiction themselves and having that personal experience with addiction gives them a better understanding of the clients that go to them for help. They knew what he was going through and were able to help him so much more than anyone before him. They were also able to help me a lot in understanding my son and working with him to deal with our problems. Watching my son screw his life up with drugs for so long and not being able to do anything to truly help him, not being able to understand why he didn’t want to get help, all of that led to some pretty heated arguments between us. The staff at AFR helped me understand more about what he was going through and with his permission they were able to keep me updated on his progress through the program and how he was truly doing during each step of his program. The length of the program was another thing about AFR that I liked. They have a more evidence based program there. Meaning that he didn’t move forward on his program until both he and his counselor felt he was ready. That was a huge comfort to me. Especially with the staff there who were addicts themselves. I knew that they would see the signs of whether he was ready to move on or not better than someone who didn’t have that first-hand experience with addiction. The last thing that made me feel that AFR would be the right place for my son was that they don’t have only one type of program there. They have multiple programs and each one is tailored to the person’s needs. All of that together meant that at AFR my son got the exact right kind of help he needed, with people who truly understood what he was struggling with and was able to be there for as long as he needed. He’s back home now since graduating from AFR and doing the program has done a world of good for him. He’s working closely with his aftercare specialist and that seems to really help him stay on sober. He’s becoming such a great person and I love being able to watch him continually change for the better. Because of my experience with AFR I truly don’t think there’s a better program out there. I’d recommend AFR to anyone looking to get help for themselves or someone they love.
I loved going to A Forever Recovery. It’s an amazing facility and doing the program there saved my life. Everything about AFR is designed with the patients comfort and security in mind. The building’s the rehab is in is really nice and comfortable. It’s on a big property that’s really pretty and it’s in an out of the way location so there isn’t anything distracting you from your recovery. Just being in a place like that went a long way towards helping me in my recovery. Going through rehab at AFR was a different experience for me. I’ve been to quite a few rehabs and AFR was so much better. The staff there take really good care of you. They treat you with respect and understanding. No one judges you for the things you did before getting there. The staff working in detox are amazing. They are very compassionate and seem to know just what you need to help you get through detox and yet they don’t smother you with their effort to help. At AFR they actually understand that everyone’s different. That what works for one person might not work for someone else. Because of that they have different programs available so everyone does a program that works for them. When you finish detox you meet with your counselor and go over the different programs and together you decide which one is the best one for you. Just having the ability to decide was awesome for me. Not having to do another 12-step program just made it so much better. I was always a passive participant in my recovery before. That wasn’t the case at AFR. Because I was doing a program that appealed to me, one that I had decided to do, I worked much harder there. The counselors were great about being supportive but also making sure that I found the answers myself. I learned so much more about my addiction there. More about my triggers and how to stay away from them. More coping skills so I didn’t find myself in a situation that could lead to a relapse. It was more about just dealing with my addiction there though. They have classes and workshops that teach basic skills. Things that you need in order to live in the real world. Things that I never bothered learning because I was too busy getting high. I learned how to write a resume there, how to conduct myself properly during a job interview. How to manage my own finances. How to eat healthy and not survive on junk food and why eating healthy was important to help me stay clean. Since finish my program at AFR I’m happier than I ever been. I’m more active now and actually participating in the lives of my family. I pulled away from so many people when I started using and it’s great just being a part of their lives again. Going to A Forever Recovery saved my life in so many ways and I would recommend it as a rehab to anyone who needs help with a drug or alcohol addiction.
6 months ago, my daughter completed her program at A Forever Recovery. Since going there her life has been so much better. She started using drugs when she was 16. It started with weed and I didn’t really think much of it besides how it’d affect her school work. I didn’t like that she was smoking weed but, my husband and I thought it was something she’d grow out of. We had both smoked weed when we were younger and it we grew out of it so we thought it’d be the same for her. The wasn’t the case though. She started using harder drugs until she found heroin which became her drug of choice. When f husband and I noticed the changes in her after she started doing heroin we made her take a home drug test. We knew something had made her different but not what exactly it was. When the test showed up positive for heroin we both freaked out. Of course, we immediately tried to get her to go to treatment. Which she refused. Instead she packed up some of her stuff and left the house. We didn’t see her again for 9 months when she came by asking for help. We sent her to a traditional 12-step, 28-day program and when she got home she stayed clean for a couple months. We were both so hopeful that she’d stay clean and when she relapsed 3 months after coming home we were crushed. We tried to get her back into rehab but she convinced us that it was a one-time thing and that she’d get a handle on it. When she continued to use we kicked her out of the house. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but my husband and I both understood that if we let her stay at the house, she would never get the help she needed. Plus, we have another daughter and I didn’t want her around her sister when she was using. We told her that as soon as she was ready to get help to come back and we’d help her. It was another 4 months before we saw her again and I spent most of that time researching different rehab centers. After all the research I did and the different places I called her dad and I decided on sending her to A Forever Recovery. There’s a few different reasons we decided on AFR. The programs there looked great and the fact that there’s no time restrictions was a huge plus. A big reason we sent her to AFR though was the intake counselor we spoke to. He was amazing. We explained what was going on with our daughter and even know that it would be a while, if ever that she go there he still took the time to reassure that our daughter would be safe there, that she’d get the help she needed. He gave us great advice on how to deal with our daughter and over the 3 months I spoke to him before she went he was always available to take my calls and answer all the questions I had about addiction, heroin and rehab. I also really liked the fact that AFR was a couple states away form us. I thought I’d want her close but I came to understand that it was better for her if she wasn’t. Not being close to home meant that if she was having a bad day she couldn’t decide on a whim to leave and have one of her friends come get her. If she wanted to go she would have to be completely dead set on it. Which is good because 3 weeks into her program she did have a bad day and wanted to leave. She couldn’t right away and that gave the staff there the time they needed to convince her to stay and complete her program. She spent 6 months at AFR and has been home now for 6 months as well. She’s doing amazing. Still clean and sober. Plus, she’s making plans for her future. She started taking classes at the community college, just basic courses for right now until she decides exactly what she wants to do with her life. What matters though is that she’s planning on having a real future and taking steps to make sure it’s a good one.
Last year my brother went to A Forever Recovery and he’s been doing amazing since then. He started using heroin 10 years ago and it’s been absolute hell on our family. Most of us stopped talking to him years ago. He’s always been great at manipulating our parents, even as a kid he got away with just about everything. 3 years ago, he pawned a bunch of our mom’s jewelry. By the time any of us realized it was gone the pawn shop had already resold it and my dad wasn’t able to get any of it back. That’s when my brother stopped being able to manipulate our dad. Our dad tried to cut him off but our mom refused and instead of going to both of them my brother started going solely to our mom when he wanted something. Every once in a while, our mom would get to the point where she felt she needed to go along with our dad and cut him off. Whenever that happened my brother would ask for help and find some rehab for her to send him to. He wasn’t really trying to get better though. He was just doing what he always did, whatever he needed to so he could continue to manipulate our mom. Everyone but our mom could see that was what was happening but, she never could. This last time our dad stepped in and chose the rehab my brother would go to. He chose A Forever Recovery for a few different reasons. First, the have multiple programs there and my brother would have a better chance at doing a program that would actually help him. Second, there’s no time limit there. Each person does their program at their own speed. The last reason was that they have staff at AFR who were addicts themselves. When my dad talked to the intake counselor about that, he realized that my brother wouldn’t be able to manipulate them. They had been through it themselves and so knew all the tricks my brother could and would use. All those things together meant that my brother couldn’t con his way through a program, he’d be doing a program that benefited him and he couldn’t just wait out the time till he could come home. He’d actually have to do the program and do it right. Because of all that, my brother hated it at AFR at first. The longer he was there though, the more he liked it until he made the decision that he did want to get sober and then stay that way. He was there for 4 months total and he really changed a lot in those months. When he graduated from AFR and came home, no one knew exactly what to expect. Personally, though I hoped for the best, I figured it wouldn’t be long for him to revert back to his normal behavior. That never happened though. Right away, he started going to meetings every day. He stayed in contact with his aftercare specialist who helped him stay on track. He got a job and hasn’t lost it. My brother’s a totally different person since going to AFR, he’s someone I actually like now and it’s great having him back in my life.
I started using heroin 9 year ago. My best friend had started using 6 months before and I decided to try it. It was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. The problem was that I loved heroin. I loved the way it made me feel and it didn’t take long for me to become completely addicted to it. 4 years ago, my best friend died after overdosing. Her dying really threw me. I know I was naïve in thinking that something like that would never happen but I always thought that as long as we were careful nothing bad would ever happen. So, when she died I realized that it was luck more than anything that had kept me alive and that I needed to get off heroin if I wanted to keep living. After her funeral, I asked my parents for help. They helped me find and get into a rehab. Again, my naivety shows in that I thought the fact that I wanted to be sober would help me stay sober. That wasn’t the case and the rehab I went to didn’t work for me. Going through the program only helped in that I was sober while I was there but, once I graduated the program and left, I relapsed. I don’t know why exactly I went back to that same rehab when I relapsed. The rehab itself was nice and knowing what to expect there made the decision to go back easy for me. I shouldn’t have gone back there and when I relapsed again my parents started looking for a new place to send me. They found A Forever Recovery and it was a great place for me. As soon as I got there I started feeling hopeful again. The staff made sure I was comfortable being there and they were so nice and caring that I felt myself start to relax. It was easy being at AFR. I enjoyed my time there and that made being there and doing my program easier. The program itself wasn’t easy for me. It was a lot of work but, I had an easier time working hard at it, if that makes sense. With the different programs available, I did a program that was right for me and I was able to get so much more out of it. The staff at AFR really understood me and what I was going through and that helped so much. Being able to take my time on my program and not moving on to the next step of it until I really had the previous one done and done well was good for me. I was at AFR for 4 months and those 4 months changed everything for me. I graduated 6 months ago and things have been great since then. I’ve been living with my parents and that’s really good for me right now. The fact that I actually have a real relationship with them again is something I will forever be grateful for. They’ve been extremely supportive and it makes my life easier knowing I can go to them when I’m having trouble and they’ll help me through it. A Forever Recovery is a great place with some really great programs. If you need help or are looking for someone who needs help, I highly recommend AFR. You won’t find a better place.
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