I promised myself that if I was able to maintain sobriety for a year, I would reflect with perspective on my recovery experience at Bayshore. Currently, I'm active in a 12 Step program and we tell our story in 3 parts. What it was like, what happened, and what we are like now.
I was a functioning alcoholic with 30+ years as a manager in a Fortune 50 (not 500) company. The announcement came out that the facility was closing and I was part of a strategic move to cut costs. In other words, I, as well as my wife, was unemployed. I crashed and burned. I drank myself into the hospital with pancreas and kidney failure and my diabetes was out if control. I could not see a way out.
Fortunately, or by the grace of God, my wife contacted Bayshore and they had a spot for me.
I really don't remember the first couple of days I was there other than I felt safe, I was upright, and I was taking nourishment, . The staff was extremely understanding, caring and professional. I was given a few 24 hours to come back to reality before the process of recovery began. The program focused on mind, body and spirit. The physical healing part of the program was exceptional and diverse. Daily trips to the gym, yoga, swimming, sauna, massage, paddleboarding, kayaking were all part of the Bayshore facilities program. Acupuncture, hypnosis, and chiropractic were available as options outside of Bayshore. The food was absolutely exceptional. The on site chef (a real chef not a cook) could and should write a book. He also catered to my needs as a diabetic.
As most people who need rehab find out, the mind is the real issue. Bayshore's on site staff is outstanding. In addition to on site counseling, there are weekly visits from numerous disciplines. A psychiatrist to explain the chemical functionings of the brain. Clear explanations of the effects of dopamine, serotonin, gabba, nerve synapse actions and why you feel the way you do on a medical level.
Members of AA and past drug addictions now with degrees in counseling provide insight into recovery and the 12 Step process. Spirituality and the beauty of finding a Higher Power from a published counselor and a degreed counselor in childhood trauma provide a different viewpoint of recovery. All of these wonderful people made themselves available for individual discussion and counseling upon request.
Finally, the program has a structured study backed by Hazelden that takes you through the process of how you became you and what you can do to return to a contributing member of the world. It identifies your character strengths and weaknesses and provides the tools necessary to work through issues. The daily workbook provides a process for you to set goals and formulate a plan of action so that you will be successful upon returning to life.
It's been nearly a year and I can happily say I'm still trudging down the path of recovery. I have a host of new friends and a clear picture of where I want to be. I've survived job loss, my wife's cancer, and the loss of my dream home without ever thinking about picking up a drink. Bayshore gave me the foundation and the skillset to stay in recovery. It's a pleasure and an honor to recognize the Bayshore team as an integral part of my recovery. I will be forever grateful to all of them for helping save my life.
Thanks to 3 people in particular for having the vision to provide such a wonderful place to recover. I honestly don't know how you do it on a day to day basis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you ever need anything, you've got my number