“Hey man, come in from the cold. You’re welcome here.” These are Tip McKay’s words for anyone struggling with addiction.
It’s a cold Tip knows all too well. Many years ago, he was in the grip of addiction himself. Like many others, his recovery journey had ups and downs. He completed an intensive outpatient program but felt over-confident in his ability to stay sober. Knowing that he was at high risk of relapse, at his coin out ceremony his counselor said, “See you soon.”
And she did. About nine months later, he “crashed and burned” and called his former counselor to get back into treatment. When he showed up for stabilization at inpatient treatment, he weighed just 112 pounds and looked grey and lifeless. He completed another round of intensive outpatient treatment and over time, his counselor saw a marked difference in the way he looked, walked and talked. In fact, she saw his potential to one day become an addiction counselor.
How One Man Took The Right Step to Begin a Journey to Recovery
Dr. Jason Powers knows down and out. He sees it every day in the faces of the people battling drug and alcohol addiction who turn to The Right Step treatment centers for help.
As chief medical officer at The Right Step, Powers also knows what success looks like.
In fact, it looks a lot like Joe.
“Joe came in trying to stay sober from prescription pills and alcohol,” Powers recalls. “He was close to being completely cut off from his father and had lost relationships with his siblings. He was overweight, unhealthy, and sad.”
He was basically the “before” picture Powers sees so often when someone fighting addiction walks through the center’s door for the first time.
How The Right Step Helps Clients and their Families Stay on the Road to Recovery
Corina remembers vividly how she felt as she reached to open the door to The Right Step drug and alcohol treatment center for the first time. The emotional gamut ran from scared to angry, with “extremely worried” sprinkled liberally into the mix.
When she reached to open the door at the conclusion of her inpatient stay at the center, she simply said, “Wowww!”
Yes, she sang the conventional “wow” and raised it a couple of “Ws.” The Right Step made that much difference in her life.
“I was truly amazed at how [remarkable] the place was,” she recalled several months after treatment. “The center is nice. The food is pretty good. The staff is very nice and accommodating. And the classes/lectures are inspiring. This was truly the best experience of my life!”
The Right Step’s Alumni Program Is an Effective to Help Beat Addiction
The first step to overcoming alcohol dependence or a drug addiction is obvious: Get professional help from a quality treatment facility – sooner than later.
But what about the next step, the one that follows initial treatment?
As the recovery process is a life-long pursuit – and a difficult one, at that – many recovering addicts find both hope and comfort from a support team of friends and peers who have “have been there and done that.” Indeed, establishing relationships with other recovering alcoholics and addicts who know, first-hand, just what challenges befall the road to recovery can be the key to a successful, life-long victory over substance abuse woes.
The Right Step Alumni SECOND Annual Super Bowl of Chili Chili Cook-Off!!
Put your best bowl of chili on the table to be judged!
Feb. 5 2012 12 PM
Come watch the game and have some sober fun!
$$$ Prize money determined by number of entrants!! Sign up!
The Right Step Alumni Hall . 902 W Alabama . Houston, TX 77006 281-318-9409 or 713-438-2207