Back story 1st... For the past 20 years I drank until I blacked out, almost every single day but I was a functioning alcoholic. I went to work every day, I did my job extremely well. I raised 2 daughters by myself and had a lot of friends. But boy o boy did I abuse myself after I was done with all my responsibilities for the day. I had been searching for a treatment center of some kind for the past 10 years or more, but after looking into them and speaking with people who were actually at these different facilities I knew it wasn\'t for me so I continued to drink and black out every single night. Every time I Googled a \"non 12 step treatment facility\" the same old places came up time after time. ( Sorry, at this point in my life I didn\'t know what the hell a higher power was and I didn\'t care to have one either so no 12 Steps for this gal). Fast forward to one morning the 1st week of December 2020. As I was logging in to working from home and pissed off with myself because I blacked out AGAIN I thought, \"what the hell, I\'ll give this one more try\" and I Googled the exact same criteria as I did every other time but this time was different! At the top of the list was Recovery Unplugged. Never heard of it, never came up in my searches before so I decided to take a look and I cannot tell you how happy I am that I did! I started with the chat section and began chatting with Ryan O\'Conner, he was a former addict at RU and is now working for them helping other addicts. He was the 1st person at RU saved my life and there was an army at RU just waiting for me. After a few minutes of chatting, Ryan asked if he could call me, we talked on the phone for quite awhile. I asked if you had to be a musician to come to RU and he said \"do you like music\"? I said \"I LOVE music, all kinds of music\"! Ryan told me that\'s all the criteria I needed to come to RU. He said they have all levels of musicians and people who want to learn how to play instruments along with people who just love to listen to music that come there. I was hooked! I didn\'t give it another thought, first thing the next morning I booked my flight, second thing, I told my husband and my job that I was going to a recovery center in Florida and 1 week later to the day I was on the plane to Lake Worth. I wasn\'t joking around, for the 1st time in 10+ years THIS place felt right. Ryan called me every day to check in with me up until the day I was on my way to the airport. Once I arrived I found the staff at Lake Worth to be beyond exceptional! Every aspect of what they do there is exceptional and that\'s just a fact. I felt welcome the second I arrived by not only the staff but the clients there as well. Being there was more than I ever hoped it would be. I learned A LOT about myself, about my addiction to alcohol, about where I wanted to be in life and how to get there. I wasn\'t hurting anyone else by drinking, I was only destroying myself. But not anymore. Now I\'m back home and the only thing that has changed is \"me\" and I\'m ok with that. I want to thank RU, especially Zach, Nemanja, Jenny and so many more for their help, love and their belief in me because I\'m living a better life than I have for over 20 years.
We get one life people and we don\'t get that \"wasted\" time back, it goes faster than you think. Only you can live the life you dream of. So do it my loves, you won\'t regret it, not for one single day will you regret it.
If you\'re reading this, I wish you all the best of luck. Take this chance, how can it hurt?