2019-11-02 03:18:56 via Google
I got into serious legal trouble in 2017– about a week after I turned 18. I had no record, so the judge sent me to a month in rehab instead of jail(when I was at bond court). I went to gateway and the first few days were unbelievable. I was coming off heroin, I went in promising( like always), I’ll just shoot up one more bag of heroin when I get out, and that’s it. I thought I was never going to stop. After being at gateway for a little while I was able to make the decision I’m going to stay off of heroin. Shortly after that I realized I should never drink or do drugs again. I’ll have 2 1/2 years sober on Monday 11-4-19. I got arrested selling heroin to a cop. I thought my life was over— it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. In reality, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me: going to gateway saved my life. The truth is, if you want to get sober it will never happen at so and so. Or when X happens. That’s BS. The only time that matters is now. If you’re struggling with addiction or alcoholism, don’t fool yourself, you need to get help ASAP. Gateway is a great place to start; but you have to be serious and stick with what you learn for the rest of your life. None of this was easy, but I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for gateway. So much has changed since I got sober, nothing would have happened if I didn’t tho..
2019-08-05 01:59:26 via Google
I decided to go to rehab at gateway lake Villa on October 22nd for poly-drug use. ( Using any drug or alcohol whenever I could) But to be honest as a Gateway Alumni, this place was the first time I was sober for 30 days straight for the first time since 13. When I got there I had jus detoxed off Xanax and opiates. So I went there with extreme anxiety, but I made friends, had a great counselor (Danuta) ,but, we had a lot of free time. During that time I had only done dope once when I was 16. When I got out of rehab I knew exactly where to get it in Chicago, how to shoot, horrible things. Rehab is a joke unless you WANT to get sober which I guess I didnt. I ended up meeting up with guys from Gateway and they took me to some dope spots and I shot dope for the first time after about 2 months of boredom and sobriety. I was instantly In love and eventually had 8 overdoses, where I woke up to family and friends. So I don't suggest rehab.... Unless you want to stop everything. God that would suck. Now I am 35, I was there 8 years ago and completely off opiates. I smoke pot , take Xanax and Adderall prescribed and that's it. Got a full-time IT job and my own condo with nobody's help. So you have to want what you want in life. Unfortunately, I had to have my best friend Matt Oneill die from a heroin overdose to get me to stop a month before I got the job I got now . Life is good now but when they say only 5 in 100 people stay out of jail, (never been) institutions (not one in 6 years) and I'm alive not dead. I am happy! So it works different for everybody. Hope this helps but don't do heroin it's the dumbest not fun, drug I've ever done. Also it costs $585 a nite. Real expensive, and they throw u out into the world w nothing. My dad recently quit drinking after 40 years of vodka. He is so nice and always has been. He quit drinking cold turkey, which he hardly remembers but he didn't use a rehab or detox. You can do it on your own if you want to. But the thing is, I love pot, I love Xanax. I love my life and job. So screw it AA.
2019-03-07 17:13:00 via Google
A person who truly wants to get help will benefit from this positive program... My sister was here a bit ago. The grounds are beautiful and we always had nice visits. Of course no place is perfect. That said a lot of problems were caused by people in treatment. Its facility is older. But its still nice. The counselors seemed very genuine and my sister did say she liked them. The day she got out she was so positive. She had a notebook filled with positive solutions to problems, ECT. She was telling me how much she learned and was smiling ear to ear.. She had gone there because she was court ordered. Although it had a positive influence she had not made that choice to go. Unless someone is REALLY TRULY ready to get help a rehab program is of no use. An addict has to want to go for themselves they can not go because it is court ordered, to please a spouse or significant other, to appease a parent or child. Those things can influence a decision to change, you can want to change for them but not because of them. If you do not decide previous to treatment that you want sobriety the best center in the world will not help. My sister went back to using the next day and overdosed :( She was saved by paramedics but ultimately started the cycle again and is in prison now. My husband wants to try it here. I hope that he truly wants it in his heart. He made the choice, I never even suggested it. I lovingly spoke with him about our family and a life we could have. I believe it will be beneficial because of what I have seen and learned this is a good place... So in short you can not blame a facility for your own problems.
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