I attended CRC for 81 days. Yes, I left 9 days before completing the program. The following is my experience. I’ll try to be brief and informative at the same time.
Well, like anywhere, you’ve got to want it. AA is the name of the game at CRC. The director(s) and staff all wholeheartedly believe in it. That’s actually a good thing. All of the staff members are recovering addicts/alcoholics, which adds a certain validity to everything they say. They’ve all “been there, done that,” so to speak. With that said, AA itself is somewhat of a controversial program, in that there’s no scientific evidence that it actually works, although there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who swear by it. The bottom line is ... if you really REALLY want to get sober, AA will help guide you there, and CRC will help guide you toward a Ph.D. in AA.
Here’s where it gets a little rough. If you’ve looked into the pricing already and asked yourself “how is it so cheap?,” well, it’s because of the facility. The main house (where all the “magic” happens) is pretty run down. I mean, it’s not like being a POW or anything, but there is certainly much to be desired. For some, it’s fine. For others, it’s scary. I suppose it depends on your background and what you’re used to.
So ... most of the food is donated by local grocery stores, food banks, etc. Cool. No problem with that. Everyone in recovery has chores to do. As for meals, they designate one or two people to cook breakfast and dinner every day. Breakfast is easy. Eggs and sausage. Dinner, however, is a different story, so they designate one resident woman and one resident man to cook on alternating nights. I’ve got to say, the dinners were usually pretty great. The people they designate to cook seem to care about the “product” they’re serving, and their creativity (because of limited, donated stuff) always shines through. The pantry is ALWAYS full of food, and residents can eat whatever they want, but it isn’t always the healthiest. Mostly snack food, but hey, you’re there to get sober, not to be on a strict diet, amiright?
Wanna get sober? Really, REALLY wanna get sober? You can do it here. It’s gonna suck, but you can do it. You won’t always have chef-prepared meals, you will have to follow some really dumb rules, you won’t always get a hot shower, and you probably won’t get sober ... unless YOU want it.